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Gomes Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School
Posted 10/1/18

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) is proud to announce two of its schools have received recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized Gomes Elementary and Hopkins Junior High among the 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

Representing two of the 12 California schools recognized this year, Gomes and Hopkins mark the 13th and 14th time a FUSD school has received the National Blue Ribbon designation. It is the second occasion for both schools with Gomes previously being named in 1987 and Hopkins in 2012. Other FUSD schools receiving the designation are Mission San Jose High School (1986 & 1998), Walters Junior High (1988), Chadbourne Elementary (1989), Durham Elementary (1994 & 2012), Irvington High School (1995), Leitch Elementary (2011) and Mission San Jose Elementary (2014).

“This is an amazing accomplishment for students and staff at both Gomes Elementary and Hopkins Junior High,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace. “I commend the administration, teachers and students for all their work in building something our district and community can be so proud of.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at