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4 Utah schools gets Blue Ribbon designation from Department of Education

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SALT LAKE CITY — Four Utah schools have been named National Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

The schools are Crimson View Elementary School in St. George, the private Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, McMillan Elementary School in Murray, and North Rich Elementary in Laketown, Rich County.

The recognition is based on the schools’ overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. All four Utah schools were honored as “exemplary high performing” schools, meaning they among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

Last year three elementary schools — Belknap Elementary School in Beaver, Peruvian Park Elementary School in Sandy and Salt Lake’s Hawthorne Elementary School were also designated National Blue Ribbon schools by the department.

On Nov. 14-15, the department and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will honor 312 public and 50 private schools at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, now in its 37th year, has given the award to more than 9,000 schools.