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CA Charter Schools Assn. Applauds Two California Charter Schools Named 2021 U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools

September 22, 2021

Fresno’s University High School and San Diego’s Elevate School Recognized for High Performance and Educational Outcomes

SACRAMENTO, CA  California Charter Schools Association President and CEO Myrna Castrejón today issued the following statement following the announcement that two California charter public schools were named Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education:

“We are proud that California’s charter public schools are again recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools for the academic opportunities they provide and commitment to improving student outcomes. As schools continue to navigate this challenging time in education amid the pandemic, these schools should be especially proud of their achievements and the dedication of their students and educators.”

The 2021 National Blue Ribbon charter public schools in California are:

  • Elevate School, San Diego: Elevate School is located in San Diego and serves Kindergarten to 5th grade students. Elevate is a Leader in Me Lighthouse school, providing a unique learning experience that empowers students with leadership and life skills based on Steven Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • University High School, Fresno: University High School is located on the campus of California State University, Fresno and specializes in music education and college preparation. Every student takes four years of Musicianship classes and is provided access to a college curriculum. Students are also required to participate in 80-hours of community service in order to graduate.

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes Blue Ribbon Schools annually for overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors a school’s entire community, including students, educators, and families, for providing a safe and welcoming learning environment which foster academic achievement.