September 21, 2021
It's a fantastic start to the school year for de Portola Elementary School as they were awarded National Blue Ribbon Honors on Tuesday, September 21st. The Patriots were one of seven Orange County elementary schools to receive this honor for 2021, as announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. This is considered the nation's highest level of distinction. According to the National Blue Ribbons Schools Program website:
"An important part of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools. In identifying several hundred outstanding schools annually, the program celebrates school excellence, turn around stories, and closing subgroup achievement gaps. The Award is both a high aspiration and a potent resource of practitioner knowledge."
As part of the honor, de Portola will receive a plaque and flag at an annual award ceremony in Washington, DC. Congratulations to the Patriots for this incredible achievement!