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Grand View Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

Sep 29, 2015 07:13PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello

Grand View Elementary School on Tuesday was named a National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Grand View is one of only 335 schools (285 public and 50 private) in the country to receive the honor for this year.

The 734-student elementary school was honored in the "exemplary high-performing schools category." Blue Ribbon awards are based either on a school’s overall academic excellence or on progress made in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

Grand View has earned particular distinction as a leader in sustainability and "green" efforts. It was named a Department of Education "Green Ribbon" school in 2012 in recognition of its commitment to environmental conservation. Additionally, Grand View parents founded the award-winning (and now national) Grades of Green organization in 2009.

"This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success," said Duncan in a video message to winning schools. "Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you."

Grand View leaders will travel to Washington D.C. for a recognition ceremony with other award-winning schools on November 9 and 10.

This is the second recent National Blue Ribbon award for a Manhattan Beach elementary school. Robinson Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon school in 2013.

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