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 21 Local Schools Receive Gold Ribbon Awards

Twenty-one San Diego County middle and high schools were recently recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools for excellence in implementing academic content, performance standards, and positive school climate efforts.

The San Diego County Office of Education supports schools in the county through the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program process by facilitating site visits and communication between school leaders and the California Department of Education.

Across the state, 275 middle schools and high schools are being honored under the program, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Tuesday.

"These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college," Torlakson said. "I look forward to travelling the state to honor these schools and to help share the programs, methods, and techniques that are working."                    

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems. 477 middle schools and high schools applied this year.

Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award acknowledged elementary schools last year.

The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Additionally, Gold Ribbon awardees that are also Title I schools were recognized as Academic Achieving Schools and are identified as such on the list. This additional recognition is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds that assist in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line.

The 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools as well as the 2017 Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Award Schools, 2017 Green Ribbon Schools, 2017 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Schools from 2016, will be honored in May during regional ceremonies held in Costa Mesa, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Visalia, and Sacramento.

The Gold Ribbon Schools being recognized for Exemplary Programs in Arts Education and Physical Education and Nutrition will be announced soon.

The local recipients are:

  • Bonsall Unified School District: Norman A. Sullivan Middle School*
  • Cajon Valley School District: EJE Academies*
  • Carlsbad Unified School District: Aviara Oaks Middle School
  • Carlsbad Unified School District: Calavera Hills Middle School*
  • Escondido Union High School District: Classical Academy High School
  • Escondido Union High School District: Del Lago Academy - Campus of Applied Science
  • Fallbrook Union High School District: Fallbrook High School*
  • Grossmont Union High School District: Grossmont High School
  • Grossmont Union High School District: Santana High School
  • Lakeside Union School District: River Valley Charter School
  • Poway Unified School District: Del Norte High School
  • Poway Unified School District: Mt. Carmel High School
  • Poway Unified School District: Oak Valley Middle School
  • Poway Unified School District: Rancho Bernardo High School
  • San Marcos Unified School District: San Marcos High School
  • Sweetwater Union High School District: Bonita Vista High School
  • Sweetwater Union High School District: Eastlake Middle School
  • Sweetwater Union High School District: Otay Ranch High School
  • Sweetwater Union High School District: Rancho Del Rey Middle School
  • Vista Unified School District: Mission Vista High School
  • Vista Unified School District: Rancho Buena Vista High School

* These schools received an additional award for being a Title I Academic Achieving School.