Laurel School wins National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition

Only 279 public schools nationally won the award this year

Laurel School in Atherton, which next month will open its second campus in Menlo Park, has won a prestigious National Blue Ribbon School award, Principal Linda Creighton has announced.

Winning schools will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 7 and 8, and Laurel will celebrate its award when the Laurel School Upper Campus holds a grand opening AT 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the new school, 275 Elliott Drive in Menlo Park.

Principal Creighton said just being invited to apply for the award is an honor, with only 35 California schools asked to compete for the 2016 award.

A website honoring the school's accomplishment contains some of the facts from Laurel's application:

"Laurel students' achievement on state tests were twice as high as the state averages, and among Hispanic students, results were 64% (English language arts) and 54% (math), compared with 37% and 24% statewide. Although we were commended for these results, we continue to innovate toward no achievement gap at all," the website says.

"We believe that a National Blue Ribbon School is one that excels, but refuses to rest on its laurels (pun intended). It is closing the achievement gap, but recognizes there is still much work to be done. Its staff finds meaning and joy in doing that work, and its students arrive each day confident and excited to learn. It is a school where the community is highly involved and invested in the vision and mission of the school," the district's application says.

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Posted by Michael
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Sep 29, 2016 at 6:18 pm

Wow! Amazing work teachers and students!!!!! This makes me so proud!!

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Posted by Laurel Parent of Two
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:49 pm

SO proud to be a part of Laurel School! It is a truly amazing community filled with stellar teachers, phenomenal staff, caring families and support for all. Congratulations Laurel!

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Posted by Tybe Diamond
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Congratulations, Laurel! I'm admiring your school from far away in Washington , DC. My great niece attends and her picture is with her school mates on display in the Almanac! Great picture of happy, enthusiastic kids! ~ Aunt in WDC who wishes she lived closer!

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