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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.

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


2017 Site Validation Documents

Additional Information


Nicole Shina
Special Programs Assistant
858-292-3850