September 10, 2008

Two San Mateo County Schools Deemed National Models

By Neil Gonzales

Two local schools have earned national honors from the federal Department of Education.

Corte Madera Elementary in Portola Valley and La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park are among 32 public and private schools statewide identified as 2008 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools.

These schools are deemed national models of excellence in the eyes of the federal education law No Child Left Behind Act.

"This has been a very tough year for schools as they face higher accountability standards and at the same time shrinking budgets as a result of the economy and lack of a state budget," state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said in a statement. "The fact that these schools are named NCLB-Blue Ribbon Schools this year is truly a testament to the hard work and determination of their students and school staff to excel."

The blue-ribbon program encourages states to nominate public schools that are either academically superior or show dramatic gains in student achievement. The public schools were chosen largely from the state's Distinguished Schools recognition program.

Private schools were nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

The blue-ribbon schools will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in October.

Originally published by Neil Gonzales, San Mateo County Times.

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