Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton has been selected for a prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award, an honor given based on student and teacher achievements.
Vintage Hills was awarded as an Exemplary High Performing School, a designation given to schools that are among their state's best based on student testing scores and graduation rates, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday morning.
"This award reflects the dedication, pride and multiple efforts of our teachers, staff, and community to meet the needs of all our students," said principal Ann Jayne in a statement.
The school will be recognized in a national ceremony in November in Washington, D.C., and a schoolwide celebration will take place Nov. 12, she said.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honored 285 public and 50 private schools with awards this year. Other designations were the Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools, which excelled at helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed, and the Exemplary Improving Schools, which honors schools where 40% of enrolled students are from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement.
Vintage Hills was the only Pleasanton Unified School District school recognized. In the nearby San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Neil Armstrong Elementary School was honored as a National Blue Ribbon School. In Dublin Unified, James Dougherty Elementary School was selected for the designation.
Vintage Hills, located at 1125 Concord St., recently went through a leadership change with new principal Ann Jayne taking the reins this school year after former principal Melissa Theide moved to Castro Valley's school district to become a director of human resources.