Updated September 24, 2020 - 3:12 pm
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Thursday that three Nevada schools — all in Las Vegas — were named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020.
Steele Elementary, Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy and West Career & Technical Academy received the award. They are part of the Clark County School District.
“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” DeVos said in a news release. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”
The Las Vegas schools are among 317 public and 50 nonpublic school honorees this year. A virtual awards ceremony will be held Nov. 12-13.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools in two categories: exemplary high-performing schools and exemplary achievement-gap-closing schools.
Steele Elementary is being honored as an exemplary achievement-gap-closing school, while Veterans Tribute Career & Technical Academy and West Career & Technical Academy are exemplary high-performing schools.
“It is a tremendous honor for all three of these schools to be selected as National Blue Ribbon Schools,” Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara said in a statement. “Judith Steele Elementary, as well as Veterans Tribute and West Career and Technical Academies, are examples of the pockets of excellence we are growing throughout CCSD. This is a true testament to the hard work of our teachers, support professionals, administrators and students. I look forward to seeing more schools join the list in years to come.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program — in its 38th year — has recognized more than 9,000 schools, with some winning multiple awards.