Belmont school earns National Blue Ribbon recognition

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Fox Elementary School in Belmont has earned the prestigious recognition as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School.

It’s just one of six Bay Area schools, one of 36 in the state and one of 367 across the nation to achieve the honor by the U.S. Department of Education.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are determined based on a school’s overall academic performance or its progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Fox Elementary, located at 3100 Saint James Road in Belmont and a member the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District, was recognized for the latter category.

Other Bay Area schools achieving Blue Ribbon status for progress in closing the achievement gap are Green Valley Elementary in Danville and Yick Wo Elementary in San Francisco.

Hidden Hills Elementary in San Ramon, Yavneh Day School (Non-Public) in Los Gatos, and Amelia Earhart School in Alameda were recognized for overall academic performance.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is now in its 38th year. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13, and awardees will each receive their plaques and flags via mail.