2 Schools Vying for U.S. Award

Times Staff Writer

Two Ventura County elementary schools are among 35 in the state to be nominated for one of public education's top awards.

Brookside Elementary in the Oak Park Unified School District and Poinsettia Elementary in the Ventura Unified School District will be considered for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award.

The 20-year-old U.S. Department of Education program was tweaked this year to be in line with the No Child Left Behind Act, adding a requirement that states nominate at least 11 schools where 40% or more of students are economically disadvantaged.

This year's 35 nominees were chosen from the 247 elementary schools selected in April as California Distinguished Schools, a statewide awards program.

Schools nominated for the national award must complete a 12-page application verifying evidence of required growth and achievement in reading and math over three years. It will be reviewed by a panel in Washington, D.C. Winners will be announced in September.

Colina Middle School and Thousand Oaks High School in the Conejo Valley Unified School District and Chaparral Middle School in the Moorpark Unified School District earned Blue Ribbon honors in May.

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