The California Department of Education nominated two Los Altos School District schools – Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools – for the National Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education.
Only 35 of the more than 12,000 public, charter and private schools in California received nominations for the award, which recognizes sustained exemplary achievement of students and school communities.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools that are either high performing or have significantly improved student achievement. The program is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge on best practices in school leadership and teaching. Since 1982, the department annually selects schools whose students attain and maintain high academic goals.
Blach and Egan have maintained high state test scores over a sustained period of time and regularly rank among the top-scoring schools in the state. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson nominated Blach and Egan for the federal award.
“Blach and Egan are shining examples of excellence, thanks to the tireless efforts of the teachers, staff members and administration and the strong support from our community,” said Jeff Baier, Los Altos School District superintendent. “Just like every LASD school, these two are focused on the academic, social and emotional needs of each and every student and work diligently to ensure their success. Both schools have cultures of total commitment, strong parent involvement, collaboration among teachers, high expectations and, ultimately, success for the students.”
Following the validation process through the Department of Education, representatives from Blach, Egan and the Los Altos School District are scheduled to attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in the fall.