State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson yesterday announced that San Marcos High School (San Marcos Unified School District) was selected as having an Exemplary Arts Education program. The school is one of only 275 middle and high schools in the state that were recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools last month, and among an elite group of 23 of those to earn additional honors.
“We know that school offerings outside of core academic subject areas—in addition to sparking creative minds and producing healthy bodies—keep students engaged in school, connected, and on the path to graduation and 21st century careers and college. I congratulate these 23 Gold Ribbon schools on their outstanding work,” said Torlakson.
The Exemplary Program Awards were created in 2013 to celebrate those schools carrying out the goals in Torlakson’s A Blueprint for Great Schools report, which provided vision and direction for the California education system. That report was updated in 2015 with A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0.
More information on Exemplary Program Awards is available at the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program page on the California Department of Education’s Web site.
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 in Costa Mesa, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.