RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Two schools in Riverside County, including Pauba Valley Elementary in Temecula, were named National Blue Ribbon Schools Thursday, Sept. 24, an honor bestowed on campuses based on their overall academic achievement or success in closing achievement gaps among group of students.
Nearly 370 schools earned the recognition nationally, including 36 in California.
The honor “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content,” according to the U.S. Department of Education, which presents the honors.
Honorees are normally recognized during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., but due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be held virtually Nov. 12-13.
The Riverside County honorees are:
— Bermuda Dunes, James Monroe Elementary School, Desert Sands Unified School District
— Temecula, Pauba Valley Elementary School, Temecula Valley U.S.D.