Colfax Charter, Kester Avenue Schools Earn National Blue Ribbon Honor

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District — Colfax Charter and Kester Avenue — have been named as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022, district officials announced.

The campuses are among 29 in California and 297 in the nation being honored for “creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said Friday.

“Congratulations to Colfax Charter and Kester Avenue Elementary Schools for being recognized as outstanding schools, with exceptional school communities,” LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said. “Los Angeles Unified will be the premier urban school district in the nation, led by schools like Colfax and Kester.”

Colfax and Kester were recognized as “exemplary high performing schools” in the whole school category.

“We are honored and excited to be a 2022 National Blue Ribbon school,” Kester Principal Kristine McIntire said. “We are proud of our team effort in cultivating a community that values active parent participation, targets professional development and staff collaboration to meet the diverse needs of our learning community, and consistently demonstrates a dedication to ensuring student success. We have proven beyond a doubt that we specialize in meeting our students and families where they are and supporting their growth and development in academic, behavioral, and social-emotional areas.”

Colfax Charter Principal Eddie Gorton said, “It is amazing to be recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Award committee and the U.S. Department of Education. This award speaks to the tremendous educational environment we have created here at Colfax Charter Elementary School. I could not be more proud of our exemplary faculty, amazing students and supportive parents who all work tirelessly to create a one-of-a-kind learning community for all.”

Schools are recognized based on school-wide scores and graduation rates.

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