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Del Sur Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School by US Department of Education

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 / Del Sur

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 3, 2014) – On September 30, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named Del Sur Elementary School a National Blue Ribbon School. The Poway Unified School District school is the only school in San Diego County, and one of just 337 schools nationwide to receive the distinction this year.


Del Sur Elementary School’s Principal Doug Johnson kicked off the celebration with an announcement during a surprise assembly for students, staff and parents on Tuesday. Soon after the announcement, a disc jockey helped students and teachers celebrate their achievements with live music and dancing.


The U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools program has recognized outstanding American schools since 1982. In its 32-year history, the program has recognized just under 7,900 of America's schools for their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools. The Department will honor 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools at a recognition ceremony on November 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C.


“As one of only 337 schools selected nationwide, and the only school selected in San Diego County as a Blue Ribbon School, Del Sur Elementary continues to amaze us,” said Bill Ostrem, President of Standard Pacific Homes, developer of Del Sur. “We’re so proud of Principal Johnson’s commitment to excellence, and the dedication of the teachers, students and parents. This is a wonderful milestone for the entire community.”


Del Sur Elementary School opened in August 2008. In addition to being named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, Del Sur Elementary was named a 2014 California Distinguished School, and has repeatedly achieved top Academic Growth Performance Index (API) scores, including top scores among all Poway Unified schools in 2013. Del Sur Elementary School is located 30 miles north of downtown San Diego in the new-home community of Del Sur. For more information, please visit

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