National Blue Ribbon School logo. Courtesy U.S. Department of Education.
National Blue Ribbon School logo. Courtesy U.S. Department of Education.

Del Sur Elementary School in San Diego’s Black Mountain Ranch was one of two dozen public schools in California named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Del Sur is in the Poway Unified School District.

The 24 schools that were selected are either high achieving or had economically disadvantaged, English-learning and special education students that showed significant academic improvement.

“I commend these amazing schools and their commitment to providing the kind of learning environment in which teachers can excel and students can achieve,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

“They have brought out the very best in their students and themselves,” he said. “I am proud of their success and hope they relish this moment to shine in the national spotlight.”

In all, 337 schools in 47 states will be honored in November in Washington, D.C.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program has honored 7,900 schools over its 32 years.

— City News Service