Two Ventura County Schools Win National Blue Ribbon Honors

Two Ventura County Schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020 by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools were selected based on or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The Ventura County winners are among 367 public and private schools to be selected nationwide. The local honorees are:

Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary School in Thousand Oaks
Charter school authorized by the Ventura County Office of Education

Weathersfield Elementary School in Thousand Oaks
Conejo Valley Unified School District

The U.S. Department of Education will formally recognize the winners at a virtual awards ceremony on November 12 and 13. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the success of educators, students and families in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. Now in its 38th year, the U. S. Department of Education has bestowed the Blue Ribbon award on more than 9,000 schools.

A complete list of the winning schools nationwide is available at:

About the Ventura County Office of Education

The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at:

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William Hicks

1. Who are the actual people that made this decision?

2. If these awardee’s actually earned this, then wouldn’t it be advisable to parents to want vouchers so they can choose these schools for their children? OR is an excellent education just a benefit only those who live in the community of the school are blessed with?