State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced that Middle College High School (MCHS) has once again been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.
MCHS earned the honor for being among the state’s highest performing schools based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District. MCHS is one of 33 schools in California honored with the prestigious award.
A West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) high school operating at Contra Costa College since 1989, Middle College provides a highly rigorous academic program that enables students to obtain their high school diploma while taking college courses and earning college credit. The school is no stranger to recognition, having been ranked multiple times among the nation’s best by U.S. News World Report.
The National Blue Ribbon School award recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools that close gaps in achievement and opportunity have students achieving high learning standards, according to the WCCUSD.
“The award is determined by a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing opportunity gaps among student subgroups,” district officials said.
Public schools are nominated by top education officials in each state, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Education.
“Kudos to Middle College High School for receiving this esteemed honor,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “Being one of California’s National Blue Ribbon Schools is an accomplishment derived from planning and inclusion of support staff, educators, students, families, and the school community at large. Collectively, Middle College High has made great strides at creating a welcoming learning environment that promotes academic success.”
For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, go here.