Congratulations to Thomas S. Hart Middle School for being recognized as one of only 297 National Blue Ribbon Schools. The news was announced on Friday, September 16 by the U.S. Department of Education. This is the first time Hart Middle School has received this national distinction. The National Blue Ribbon School speaks to Hart’s strong legacy of overall academic performance and closing achievement gaps.
“We are proud to share this National Blue Ribbon distinction with our entire Hart Middle School community,” said Hart Principal Caroline Fields. “This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students and staff every day.”
Opened in August 2000, Hart Middle School has been recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2003 and 2015, and was named a ‘School to Watch’ by the California League of Schools 2020-2022.
“Congratulations to our Hart Middle School community on this significant national distinction,” said PUSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Haglund. “Our entire community should be proud of this award, which speaks to our school’s strong legacy of excellence and the world-class education that continues to make Pleasanton Unified a destination district for families.”
National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation. Hart will be receiving a National Blue Ribbon flag to fly proudly at the school.
“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,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “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.”