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Two San Diego Schools Honored as Part of the 2018 National Blue Ribbons Schools Program

Only 12 California schools made the list

The 2018 National Blue Ribbons Schools were announced Monday with two San Diego schools acing the test.

Carmel Valley Middle School and San Diego Jewish Academy Lower School were recognized by the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.

Both schools were in the exemplary high performing schools category.

The National Blue Ribbons Schools program seeks out “schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels,” according to its website.

Only 349 schools were awarded, with Texas and Illinois having the most per state at 24, according to the program.

California saw 12 of its schools on the list. San Diego, Fremont, and Saratoga were all honored with two schools.

Carmel Valley Middle School has 1,157 students, and San Diego Jewish Academy Lower School has 167 students, said the Department of Education.

Last year, only one San Diego school was awarded: Pacific Rim Elementary in Carlsbad.

A majority of the 2018 schools were elementary and most were Title I, the program said. More than 85-percent of schools were public.

Oklahoma didn’t participate. Oregon and Vermont haven’t participated in 15 years, according to the Department of Education.

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