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California Gold Ribbon Schools Program Support Services

​​​​​​​​​The San Diego County Office of Education helps school administrators through the process that leads to recognition as a California Gold Ribbon School.

The California School Recognition Program, coordinated by the California Department of Education includes awards programs honoring exemplary students, teachers, classified employees, and schools for advancing excellence in education.

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools while the Distinguished Schools program is on hiatus during the transition to new assessment and accountability systems (2015 and 2016).

Schools nominate themselves for an award based on a model program they describe in their application. Model programs include standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that schools have adopted and can be replicated by other local education agencies.

Over 25 middle and high schools in San Diego County submitted Gold Ribbon School applications in 2015 on a model program at their school site. Teams of evaluators are needed to conduct day-long site validation visits​. Learn how you can help​.

Elementary and secondary (middle and high) schools are recognized during alternate years.

Schools selected for recognition are honored as a Gold Ribbon school at regional award ceremonies where the State Superintendent of Public Instruction presents each school with a plaque and flag.

2016 Site Validation Documents

Additional Information


Michele Fort-Merrill
Assistant Superintendent

Nicole Shina
Special Programs Assistant