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.
"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.