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Manhattan Beach School Receives National Blue Ribbon Honor

The winning public school is one of 15 schools honored in California.

Opal Robinson Elementary School has received a 2013 National Blue Ribbon for high achievement.
Opal Robinson Elementary School has received a 2013 National Blue Ribbon for high achievement.

Opal Robinson Elementary in Manhattan Beach is one of three schools in Los Angeles County named a National Blue Ribbon School Tuesday, according to the state Department of Education.

The winning schools are given a blue ribbon flag for their campuses and will be honored in Washington, D.C., in November.

Founded in 1982, the nationwide program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement.

Robinson Elementary is in the high-achieving category. 

"These schools are wonderful illustrations of the work we do here in California schools to prepare our students to thrive in the world they will find outside of our classrooms," said state Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson. "I am proud to see them held up as national examples."

La Canada Elementary in the La Canada Unified School District and Frank C. Leal Elementary, an ABC Unified campus in Cerritos, are the other L.A. County schools to be named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013.

The honorees in Orange County are Stonegate Elementary of Irvine Unified and Oxford Academy of the Anaheim Union High School District.

Students at the high achieving schools are expected to be the among the state's top performers in English and mathematics on standardized tests.

In California, 13 public schools and two private institutions were honored. Nationwide, 236 public schools were named along with 50 private campuses.

--City News Service contributed to this article.

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