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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School named 2017 Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary Performance

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    Sarah Norris

Big news! Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS), an EL Education Credentialed School in Truckee, CA, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a 2017 Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary Performance.

Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s top performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. The award was given to SELS for its overall academic excellence. SELS is one of 25 schools nominated in California and one of 342 schools in the country (there are more than 130,000 schools in the United States). 

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.” 

This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. The U.S. Department of Education will formally recognize the 342 Blue Ribbon Schools in Washington D.C. this November. David and Jenn will attend the ceremony and represent SELS! 

Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at