Two Cupertino Union schools earn National Blue Ribbon recognition

Photo courtesy of the Cupertino Union School District website.Photo courtesy of the Cupertino Union School District website.

Two schools from the Cupertino Union School District were recognized on Oct. 1 as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Miller and Lawson middle schools were two of a dozen California schools to receive the 2018 recognition. This award “honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve high learning standards,” according to the California Department of Education.

“Congratulations to all the schools on this list that are helping students achieve their dreams and to the leaders dedicated to and invested in finding ways to close the achievement gap,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in an Oct. 1 press statement. “The teachers, parents, administrators, and community members at these schools are outstanding examples of innovative things happening in California education.”

In its 36-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has presented this award to more than 8,800 schools. In total, 349 schools received the recognition for 2018.

Schools are recognized based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates. National Blue Ribbon Schools are among their respective state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or national tests.

On Nov. 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Argonaut Elementary School and Redwood Middle School from the Saratoga Union School District were the two other Santa Clara County schools to earn Blue Ribbon status.