Carmel Valley Middle School (CVMS) was one of 349 schools throughout the country recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018 by the U.S. Department of Education. Current CVMS Principal Victoria Kim and former principal Cara Dolnik accepted the award at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November. “We are thrilled to receive the National Blue Ribbon Award and proud of the prestigious recognition by the U.S. Department of Education,” said Principal Kim. “So proud of our Bobcats!”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on the schools’ overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The 2018 award recipients included 300 public and 49 private schools in 47 states, the District of Colombia, and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Fort Benning, Georgia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.