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Congratulations to Lee School – 2021 National Blue Ribbon School

National Blue Ribbon Schools Seal
National Blue Ribbon Schools Seal

On Tuesday (9/21/2021), the U.S. Department of Education named the recipients of 2021’s National Blue Ribbon School Awards.,

There were 325 elementary schools recognized this year and 28 of them were in California, and two Los Alamitos Unified School District schools were included. Both Richard Henry Lee and Los Alamitos Elementary Schools received the prestigious honor and recognition.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said 2021’s recipients should be especially proud of their accomplishments amid an “unprecedented” year of challenges.

This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish.


Richard Henry Lee - Leopards
Richard Henry Lee – Leopards

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, has issued approximately 10,000 Blue Ribbon School Awards to over 9,000 different schools since its inception.


To qualify for an award, schools must meet the wide set of requirements set forth by the Education Department before being submitted for consideration by a state official. Up to 421 schools may be nominated in a given year, including 50 total private schools. In addition, a school can only be nominated once within a five-year period.

For the 2021 year, Lee Elementary was recognized as an  Exemplary High Performing School and Los Alamitos Elementary was recognized as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School.


Los Alamitos Elementary Tigers
Los Alamitos Elementary Tigers

Congratulations to both schools and to our school district for keeping our academic standards high.



More information on the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program can be found here

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