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St. Simon Parish School celebrated its designation as the 2021 National Blue Ribbon School last week with a flag raising ceremony on campus.

The Blue Ribbon Schools program highlights the accomplishments of students, educators and families. St. Simon won the Exemplary High Performing School award, which means its students ranked in the top 15% in English and math, according to state assessments or national tests.

St. Simon was among 28 public and private elementary, secondary and secondary schools in California and 325 schools nationwide to receive the honor. This is the second time that the school has obtained Blue Ribbon status.

The pastor of St. Simon Catholic Parish, Father Brendan McGuire, opened the ceremony on November 18 with a school-wide prayer. In addition to the students and school staff, the mayor of Los Altos, Neysa Fligor, attended the event.

“On behalf of the City of Los Altos and the entire City Council, I congratulate you,” said Fligor. “Congratulations to St. Simon on his 60th birthday … and (his designation) as the 2021 Blue Ribbon National School.”

In recognition of the Blue Ribbon Award, US Representative Anna Eshoo presented the school with a flag flying above the United States Capitol.

Although she was unable to attend the ceremony, Eshoo sent St. Simon a certificate of special recognition from Congress.