21 Local Schools Earn California Gold Ribbon School Awards

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Nearly 300 California middle schools and highs schools, including 21 in San Diego County, were honored by the Gold Ribbon Schools Award Program Tuesday.

California schools are given the Gold Ribbon Award in recognition of their gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development standards, and Next generation Science Standards.

The 21 locals schools honored represent 11 school districts across the county. San Diego’s Gold Ribbon Schools are as followed:

*Norman A. Sullivan Middle School – Bonsall Unified School District

*EJE Academies - Cajon Valley School District

Aviara Oaks Middle School – Carlsbad Unified School District

*Calavera Hills Middle School – Carlsbad Unified School District

Classical Academy High School – Escondido Union High School District

Del Lago Academy Campus of Applied Science – Escondido Union High School District

*Fallbrook High School – Fallbrook Union School District

Grossmont High School – Grossmont Union Highs School District

Santana High School – Grossmont Union Highs School District

River Valley Charter School – Lakeside Union 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 – Poway Unified School District

San Marcos High School – San Marcos Unified 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 – Sweetwater Union High School District

Mission Vista High School – Vista Unified High School District

Rancho Buena Vista High School – Vista Unified High School District

Four schools listed above denoted with an asterisk were also recognized as Title I Academic Achieving Schools, which is only given to schools receiving federal Title I funds, funds that go toward the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line.

"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," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom 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."

Schools will be presented with their wards at a ceremony in May. For more information on the ceremony, and the Gold Ribbon Schools Award Program, click here.

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