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Washington State School Earns Prestigious National Award
Loyal Heights Elementary in Seattle wins National Blue Ribbon Schools Award

OLYMPIA — September 15, 2011 — One Washington state school was among 304 nationwide named today by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Loyal Heights Elementary School, of Seattle Public Schools, was nominated by State Superintendent Randy Dorn last winter. The school then completed a detailed and challenging application, which was reviewed by the national selection committee.

“I’m very proud of the achievement and improvement that Loyal Heights has shown,” Dorn said. “Everybody in their school works hard and works together to make sure that all students learn.”

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools based on one of two criteria:

  1. Schools whose students are high performing, regardless of their backgrounds, based on performance on state or nationally-normed tests; or
  2. Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state or nationally-normed tests.

Loyal Heights was honored for their high performing students.

A total of 413 schools were nominated nationally. The total was determined by the number of schools and the student population in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Public schools are nominated by each state’s chief state school officer; private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

The 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored by Secretary Duncan at an awards ceremony in Washington, DC, on November 14-15, 2011.

For more information, please visit the national Blue Ribbon Schools website at

School Contact:
Loyal Heights Elementary

2511 NW 80th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 252-1500
Principal: Mr. Wayne Floyd
Principal Email:
School website:


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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