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San Diego Jewish Academy Golda Meir Lower School Awarded 2018 National Blue Ribbon

From Kelley King, Head of Lower School at San Diego Jewish Academy: “The Golda Meir Lower School (GMLS) at San Diego Jewish Academy is blessed with teachers who pour their hearts and souls into making GMLS the best it can be, every day for every child. That makes it all the more gratifying to see their efforts recognized on a national stage. We are very proud of the caliber of our educational program and the academic accomplishments of our students. A huge mazal tov goes out to everyone who is critical to the success of GMLS – the faculty, staff, parents and, of course, our wonderful students!”

Points of Pride:
  • SDJA Golda Meir Lower School is the only Jewish school in the country to receive this award this year.
  • SDJA Golda Meir Lower School is the only private school in California to receive the award this year.
  • Only a handful of Jewish private schools have ever received this award in its 37 year history.
  • SDJA Golda Meir Lower School is the only private independent school in San Diego to receive this award in over 25 years.



For Immediate Release

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“I’m pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students’ accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

·        Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

·        Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.