Newcomb K-8 Academy in East Long Beach has won America’s top honor for individual schools. Newcomb is among 297 National Blue Ribbon Schools announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential and achieve their dreams,” Cardona stated in a news release. “As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional and mental health needs. These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives.”
National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation. A National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing a school’s entryway or on a flagpole is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning, the Education Department’s release stated.
“Congratulations to everyone in the Newcomb community for earning such a high honor,” Newcomb Principal Chris Thompson said. “At Newcomb, we feel that we make a tremendous, positive difference for so many students, and it’s rewarding to see that feeling validated at the national level. Thank you to everyone who made this extraordinary recognition possible.”
The U.S. Department of Education recognized Newcomb in the category of Exemplary High-Performing Schools, which are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Newcomb’s successful, 22-page award application provided detailed demographics on the student population and descriptions of the school’s curriculum and assessments, professional development for staff, extra academic support, teacher longevity (20-year average teacher tenure), gifted programs, special education approaches, English Language Learner instruction, a thriving arts and music program, and family and community engagement, including “two powerful parent organizations, the Newcomb PTSA and the Newcomb Foundation.”
First opened in 1961, Newcomb’s campus was completely rebuilt before reopening in fall 2015, thanks to locally approved school bond funds.
Past winners of the award in the Long Beach Unified School District include Cubberley K-8 School, Rogers and Hughes middle schools, the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and Lowell, Twain, Prisk and Naples elementary schools.