Teach Elementary School earns honors from federal government

Correction: Because of an error in a news release from the California Department of Education, an earlier version of this story misstated the school year the honor was given.

Teach Elementary School in San Luis Obispo has been named a national Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The school is one of 23 in California to receive the honor for their achievements during the 2011-12 school year. Teach is the only school in San Luis Obispo County to receive the distinction this year.

"I congratulate these dedicated schools for receiving such a prestigious national honor," said Tom Torlakson, California state superintendent of schools, in a news release. "This recognition was made possible by motivated teachers, administrators, and staff supported by involved parents who worked together to provide their students a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning."

The Blue Ribbon program honors schools from elementary to high school whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress in closing achievement gaps among economically disadvantaged and minority students.

In 2006, Morro Bay High School and Templeton High School were named Blue Ribbon schools.

Teach Elementary will be honored at a national awards ceremony on Nov. 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C.