schools.jpgTwelve Bay Area schools have been nominated to the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Schools from Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties were among 35 schools statewide selected as preliminary nominees for recognition as either a high-performing or improving school, Torlakson announced Tuesday.

Final nominations will be announced in August or September, Torlakson said.

To be eligible for nomination a school must have met federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in 2010 and 2011 and made its state Academic Performance Index (API) targets in both years, according to the state education department.

Four schools nominated in Alameda County hail from Oakland, Fremont and Piedmont City unified school districts, including Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy; J. Haley Durham Elementary and William Hopkins Junior High; and Piedmont High, respectively.

San Francisco Unified School District schools Alice Fong Yu Alternative School and Lowell High have been tapped as possible award recipients.

San Mateo County schools include Redwood City Elementary School District’s North Star Academy and Woodside Elementary from the Woodside Elementary School District.

In Santa Clara County, the state has recognized hopefuls Palo Alto Unified School District school Hebert Hoover Elementary; Santa Clara Unified School District school Millikin Elementary; Los Altos Elementary district’s Oak Avenue Elementary; and Cupertino Union school district’s R.I. Meyerholz Elementary.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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