Wednesday, January 11, 2012

NEWS RELEASE -- Edison, SD High International Studies are Blue Ribbon Nominees

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, January 11, 2012


SAN DIEGO -- Edison Elementary School and the School of International
Studies at the San Diego High Educational Complex have been nominated for
Blue Ribbons from the U.S. Department of Education.

The two schools were in a group of 35 submitted by the state Department of
Education. Nominees generally receive the awards, which are generally
announced in the fall by the U.S. Department of Education.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and non-public
elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high
levels and/or where the achievement gap in narrowing. The Program sets a
standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of

"Both of these schools have outstanding, innovative programs and
hard-working students in very challenging neighborhoods," said
Superintendent Bill Kowba. "Edison is a national leader in
English-language learning and International Studies is regularly near the
top of America's best high schools lists."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U.S.
Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about
best school leadership and teaching practices. Each year since 1982, the
U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain
and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

"There are only two other school districts of the thousand in the state
that had two schools nominated," said Kowba. "This is another indication
of the fine learning being done by students, the fine teaching being done
by our teachers and all the fine work being done by our staff."

Nearly a dozen San Diego Unified schools have been honored over the years
with a Blue Ribbon, most recently 2010, when the School of Digital Media
and Design at Kearny High and Preuss UCSD charter picked up the prize. For
more information on the Blue Ribbon winners, go to

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CONTACT: Jack Brandais | Communications Department | San Diego Unified
School District | (619) 725-5570 (Desk) | (619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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