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Release: #17-28
April 18, 2017
Contact: Charlene Cheng
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 275 middle schools and high schools are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.

The list of recognized schools is attached at the end of this press release.

“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.

These schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention. Some examples of this year’s honorees are:

  • Bear River High School, Nevada Joint Union High School District: The Bruin Time program at Bear River High School was developed to improve the performance of struggling students. Bruin Time is a 41-minute period built into the school day four days a week for the purpose of providing tutoring and other interventions for struggling students.

  • Chico High School, Chico Unified School District: Chico High School has initiated and developed six College and Career Technical Education Pathways: Agriculture Mechanics/Manufacturing; Architecture/Engineering; Health; Information, Communication, Technology; Design, Arts, Media, and Agri-science. These programs are meant to motivate students by providing them with real-life, problem-based learning that will help keep them engaged in their studies and prepare them for their next chapter, whether it's a job, trade school, community college, or a four-year university.

  • Downtown Magnets High School, Los Angeles Unified School District: Downtown Magnets High School has implemented an initiative called the Comprehensive Mathematics Achievement Gap plan, which aims to target the mathematics achievement gap that has historically existed between African-American and Latino students and their Caucasian and Asian counterparts. The plan provides assistance and tutoring within and outside of the school day and draws upon the support of teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.

  • Middle College High School, West Contra Costa Unified School District: Middle College High School collaborated with Contra Costa College to create an Early College High School program, which helps prepare them for college by increasing their exposure to college. It has helped increase the number of students who graduate from high school and go on to pursue post-secondary education.

  • Warm Springs Middle School, Murrieta Valley Unified School District: The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program was implemented at Warm Springs Middle School to help encourage students whose parents did not attend college to enroll in college. AVID enhances instruction, school-wide systems, culture and climate, and leadership to focus on preparing students for college and career readiness.

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.

Please visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Web site.

The CDE California School Recognition Program is presented by San Mateo-based California Casualty.

2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools
County District School
Alameda Alameda Unified School District Alameda Science & Technology Institute
Alameda Alameda Unified School District Will C. Wood Middle School
Alameda Dublin Unified School District Dublin High School
Alameda Dublin Unified School District Eleanor Murray Fallon
Alameda Dublin Unified School District Wells Middle School
Alameda Fremont Unified School District American High School
Alameda Fremont Unified School District Centerville Junior High School
Alameda Fremont Unified School District G.M. Walters Junior High School
Alameda Fremont Unified School District Irvington High School
Alameda Fremont Unified School District Thornton Junior High
Alameda Fremont Unified School District Washington High School
Alameda Fremont Unified School District William Hopkins Jr. High School
Alameda Hayward Unified School District Impact Academy of Arts & Technology
Alameda Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Andrew N. Christensen Middle School
Alameda Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District William Mendenhall Middle School
Alameda Oakland Unified School District Downtown Charter Academy
Alameda Pleasanton Unified School District Harvest Park Middle School
Butte Butte County Office of Education CORE Butte Charter School
Butte Chico Unified School District Bidwell Jr. High School
Butte Chico Unified School District Chico High School
Butte Gridley Unified School District Gridley High School
Contra Costa Brentwood Union School District J. Douglas Adams Middle School
Contra Costa Brentwood Union School District William B. Bristow Middle School
Contra Costa Contra Costa Office of Education Clayton Valley Charter High School
Contra Costa Mt. Diablo Unified School District Diablo View Middle School
Contra Costa San Ramon Valley Unified School District Stone Valley Middle
Contra Costa Walnut Creek School District Walnut Creek Intermediate School
Contra Costa West Contra Costa Unified School District Middle College High School
Contra Costa West Contra Costa Unified School District Richmond Charter Academy
El Dorado Buckeye Union School District Camerado Springs Middle School
El Dorado Buckeye Union School District Rolling Hills Middle School
Fresno Clovis Unified School District Clovis North Education Center - Granite Ridge
Fresno Fresno Unified School District Baird Middle School
Fresno Fresno Unified School District Design Science Early College High School*
Fresno Fresno Unified School District Edison High School*
Fresno Fresno Unified School District University High School
Fresno Kings Canyon Unified School District Navelencia Middle School*
Fresno Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District Rafer Johnson Junior High
Imperial Calipatria Unified School District Calipatria High School*
Imperial Holtville Unified School District Holtville Junior High School*
Kern Fruitvale Elementary School District Fruitvale Junior High School
Kern Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Earl Warren Junior High School
Kern Rosedale Union School District Freedom Middle School
Kern Wasco Union High School District Wasco Union High School*
Los Angeles ABC Unified School District Carmenita Middle School
Los Angeles ABC Unified School District Gretchen A. Whitney High School
Los Angeles ABC Unified School District Ross Academy of Creative and Media Arts*
Los Angeles ABC Unified School District Tetzlaff Accelerated Learning Academy
Los Angeles Alhambra Unified School District Alhambra High School*
Los Angeles Alhambra Unified School District San Gabriel High School*
Los Angeles Bonita Unified School District Bonita High School
Los Angeles Bonita Unified School District Lone Hill Middle School*
Los Angeles Burbank Unified School District Burbank High School
Los Angeles Burbank Unified School District David Starr Jordan Middle School*
Los Angeles Burbank Unified School District John Muir Middle School*
Los Angeles Burbank Unified School District Luther Burbank Middle School*
Los Angeles Claremont Unified School District El Roble Intermediate
Los Angeles Covina-Valley Unified School District South Hills High School
Los Angeles Culver City Unified School District Culver City High
Los Angeles Culver City Unified School District Culver City Middle School*
Los Angeles Downey Unified School District Griffiths Middle School*
Los Angeles East Whittier City School District Granada Middle School
Los Angeles El Monte Union High School District Arroyo High School
Los Angeles El Rancho Unified School District Steam Academy at Burke*
Los Angeles Glendora Unified School District Robert H. Goddard Middle School
Los Angeles Glendora Unified School District Sandburg Middle School*
Los Angeles Inglewood Unified School District Animo Inglewood Charter High School*
Los Angeles Inglewood Unified School District Wilder's Preparatory Academy Charter Middle School
Los Angeles Las Virgenes Unified School District A.E. Wright Middle School*
Los Angeles Lennox Elementary School District Ánimo Leadership Charter High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Benjamin Franklin High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Dalzell Lance Campus*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Downtown Magnets High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Granada Hills Charter High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District HighTech LA*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District International Studies Learning Center at Legacy Complex*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District James A. Garfield High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District John Burroughs Middle School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District John Marshall High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District PUC CALS Charter Middle School and Early College High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District PUC Early College Academy for Leaders and Scholars*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District PUC Triumph Charter Academy and PUC Triumph Charter High School*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Robert A. Millikan Middle School
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies*
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified School District Thomas Starr King Film and Media Magnet*
Los Angeles Monrovia Unified School District Clifton Middle School
Los Angeles Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Arlie F. Hutchinson Middle School
Los Angeles Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District La Mirada High School
Los Angeles Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Los Coyotes Middle School
Los Angeles Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Los Angeles Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Ridgecrest Intermediate School
Los Angeles Rowland Unified School District Alvarado Intermediate School*
Los Angeles Rowland Unified School District John A. Rowland High School
Los Angeles San Gabriel Unified School District Gabrielino High School
Los Angeles South Pasadena Unified School District South Pasadena High School*
Los Angeles South Pasadena Unified School District South Pasadena Middle School*
Los Angeles Temple City Unified School District Oak Avenue Intermediate School*
Los Angeles Temple City Unified School District Temple City High School
Los Angeles Torrance Unified School District Bert M. Lynn Middle School
Los Angeles Torrance Unified School District Calle Mayor Middle School
Los Angeles Torrance Unified School District North High School
Los Angeles Torrance Unified School District Philip Magruder Middle School*
Los Angeles Torrance Unified School District South High School
Los Angeles Valle Lindo School District Dean L. Shively*
Los Angeles Walnut Valley Unified School District Diamond Bar High School
Los Angeles Walnut Valley Unified School District Walnut High School
Los Angeles West Covina Unified School District Edgewood High School
Los Angeles Westside Union Elementary School District Hillview Middle School
Los Angeles William S. Hart Union High School District Canyon High School
Los Angeles William S. Hart Union High School District Golden Valley High School
Los Angeles William S. Hart Union High School District Rancho Pico Junior High School
Los Angeles William S. Hart Union High School District Sierra Vista Junior High School
Los Angeles William S. Hart Union High School District William S. Hart Senior High School
Marin Mill Valley School District Mill Valley Middle School*
Marin Novato Unified School District Novato High School
Marin Novato Unified School District San Marin High School
Marin Reed Union School District Del Mar Middle School*
Marin Tamalpais Union High School District Sir Francis Drake High School
Marin Tamalpais Union High School District Tamalpais High School*
Mariposa Mariposa County Unified School District Mariposa County High School*
Monterey Pacific Grove Unified School District Pacific Grove High School
Monterey Salinas Union High School District Salinas High School*
Napa Napa Valley Unified School District Napa High School
Napa St. Helena Unified School District Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School
Nevada Nevada Joint Union High School District Bear River High School
Nevada Nevada Joint Union High School District William and Marian Ghidotti Early College High School
Orange Anaheim Union High School District Cypress High School
Orange Anaheim Union High School District John F. Kennedy High School
Orange

Anaheim Union High School District

Lexington Junior High School

Orange Anaheim Union High School District Oxford Academy
Orange Anaheim Union High School District Western High School*
Orange Brea Olinda Unified School District Brea Junior High School
Orange Brea Olinda Unified School District Brea Olinda High School
Orange Capistrano Unified School District Ladera Ranch Middle School
Orange Fullerton School District D. Russell Parks Junior High School
Orange Fullerton Joint Union High School District Troy High School
Orange Garden Grove Unified School District Alamitos Intermediate*
Orange Garden Grove Unified School District Dr. Walter C. Ralston Intermediate School*
Orange Garden Grove Unified School District Hilton D. Bell Intermediate
Orange Huntington Beach Union High School District Westminster High School*
Orange Irvine Unified School District Irvine High School
Orange Irvine Unified School District Sierra Vista Middle School
Orange Laguna Beach Unified School District Laguna Beach High School
Orange Newport Mesa Unified School District Charles TeWinkle Middle School*
Orange Orange County Department of Education Samueli Academy*
Orange Orange Unified School District Villa Park High School
Orange Placentia Yorba Linda School District Colonel J.K. Tuffree Middle School
Orange Placentia Yorba Linda School District Yorba Linda Middle School
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified School District La Paz Intermediate School
Orange Santa Ana Unified School District Douglas MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate*
Orange Santa Ana Unified School District Middle College High School*
Orange Santa Ana Unified School District Orange County School of the Arts*
Orange Westminster School District Helen Stacey Middle School*
Orange Westminster School District Johnson Middle School*
Orange Westminster School District Warner Middle School*
Placer Roseville Joint Union High School District Antelope High School*
Placer Roseville Joint Union High School District Granite Bay High School
Placer Roseville Joint Union High School District Oakmont High School
Placer Roseville Joint Union High School District Roseville High School*
Placer Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Alder Creek Middle School
Placer Tahoe Truckee Unified School District North Tahoe School*
Placer Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Tahoe Truckee High School
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District Citrus Hills Intermediate School
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District Corona Fundamental Intermediate School*
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District Corona High School
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District Dr. Augustine Ramirez Intermediate School
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District El Cerrito Middle
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District John F. Kennedy Middle College High School
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District Letha Raney Intermediate School*
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District Norco Intermediate School
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District River Heights Intermediate School
Riverside Corona Norco Unified School District Santiago High School
Riverside Desert Sands Unified School District Palm Desert Charter Middle School
Riverside Hemet Unified School District Western Center Academy
Riverside Menifee Union School District Bell Mountain Middle School
Riverside Murrieta Valley Unified School District Dorothy McElhinney Middle School
Riverside Murrieta Valley Unified School District Shivela Middle School
Riverside Murrieta Valley Unified School District Vista Murrieta High School
Riverside Murrieta Valley Unified School District Warm Springs Middle School
Riverside Perris Union High School District California Military Institute
Riverside Riverside Unified School District Amelia Earhart Middle School
Riverside Riverside Unified School District Frank Augustus Miller Middle School
Riverside Riverside Unified School District Martin Luther King High School
Riverside Riverside Unified School District Riverside STEM Academy
Riverside San Jacinto Unified School District San Jacinto Leadership Academy
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified School District Bella Vista Middle School
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified School District Chaparral High School
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified School District Erle Stanley Middle School
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified School District Great Oak High School
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified School District Temecula Middle School
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified School District Temecula Valley High School
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified School District Vail Ranch Middle
Sacramento Elk Grove Unified School District Cosumnes Oaks High School
Sacramento Elk Grove Unified School District Elk Grove High School
Sacramento Elk Grove Unified School District Franklin High School
Sacramento Folsom Cordova Unified School District Vista del Lago High School
Sacramento Natomas Unified School District Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School
Sacramento Natomas Unified School District Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Middle
Sacramento Sacramento City Unified School District California Middle School*
Sacramento Sacramento City Unified School District School of Engineering and Sciences*
San Bernardino Barstow Unified School District Barstow STEM Academy*
San Bernardino Chaffey Joint Union High School District Alta Loma High School
San Bernardino Chaffey Joint Union High School District Etiwanda High School
San Bernardino Chaffey Joint Union High School District Los Osos High School
San Bernardino Chaffey Joint Union High School District Montclair High School*
San Bernardino Chaffey Joint Union High School District Rancho Cucamonga High School
San Bernardino Morongo Unified School District Twentynine Palms High School
San Bernardino Redlands Unified School District E.M. Cope Middle School
San Bernardino Redlands Unified School District Moore Middle School
San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified School District Richardson PREP HI Middle School*
San Diego Bonsall Unified School District Norman L. Sullivan Middle School*
San Diego Cajon Valley School District EJE Academies*
San Diego Carlsbad Unified School District Aviara Oaks Middle School
San Diego Carlsbad Unified School District Calavera Hills Middle School*
San Diego Escondido Union High School District Classical Academy High School
San Diego Escondido Union High School District Del Lago Academy - Campus of Applied Science
San Diego Fallbrook Union High School District Fallbrook High School*
San Diego Grossmont Union High School District Grossmont High School
San Diego Grossmont Union High School District Santana High School
San Diego Lakeside Union School District River Valley Charter School
San Diego Poway Unified School District Del Norte High School
San Diego Poway Unified School District Mt. Carmel High School
San Diego Poway Unified School District Oak Valley Middle School
San Diego Poway Unified School District Rancho Bernardo High School
San Diego San Marcos Unified School District San Marcos High School
San Diego Sweetwater Union High School District Bonita Vista High School
San Diego Sweetwater Union High School District Eastlake Middle School
San Diego Sweetwater Union High School District Otay Ranch High School
San Diego Sweetwater Union High School District Rancho Del Rey Middle School
San Diego Vista Unified School District Mission Vista High School
San Diego Vista Unified School District Rancho Buena Vista High School
San Francisco San Francisco Unified School District Gateway High School*
San Francisco San Francisco Unified School District Gateway Middle School*
San Francisco San Francisco Unified School District Herbert Hoover Middle School*
San Luis Obispo Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Paso Robles High School
San Luis Obispo San Luis Coastal Unified School District Laguna Middle School
San Luis Obispo San Luis Coastal Unified School District San Luis Obispo High School
San Mateo Burlingame School District Burlingame Intermediate School
San Mateo Las Lomitas Elementary School District La Entrada Middle School
San Mateo San Mateo Foster City Borel Middle School
San Mateo South San Francisco Unified School District Alta Loma Middle School
Santa Barbara Buellton Union School District Jonata Middle School*
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Unified School District Dos Pueblos High School*
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Unified School District La Colina Jr. High School
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Unified School District Santa Barbara Junior High School*
Santa Clara Alum Rock Union Elementary School District Renaissance Academy
Santa Clara Alum Rock Union Elementary School District Renaissance at Mathson
Santa Clara Evergreen Elementary School District Chaboya Middle School
Santa Clara Franklin-McKinley School District College Connection Academy*
Santa Clara Gilroy Unified School District Ascencion Solorsano Middle School*
Santa Clara Los Gatos Saratoga Joint Union High School District Saratoga High School
Santa Clara Union School District Dartmouth Middle School
Santa Clara Union School District Union Middle School
Santa Cruz Santa Cruz County Office of Education Pacific Collegiate School
Solano Benicia Unified School District Benicia High School
Solano Benicia Unified School District Benicia Middle School*
Solano Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Armijo High School
Solano Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Green Valley Middle School
Solano Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District Public Safety Academy
Solano Vacaville Unified School District Elise P. Buckingham Charter Magnet High School
Stanislaus Waterford Unified School District Waterford High School*
Tehama Antelope Elementary School District Berrendos Middle School
Tulare Visalia Unified School District El Diamante High School*
Ventura Conejo Valley Unified School District Colina Middle School
Ventura Conejo Valley Unified School District Redwood Middle School
Ventura Conejo Valley Unified School District Westlake High School
Ventura Moorpark Unified School District Moorpark High School
Ventura Oxnard Union High School District Adolfo Camarillo High School
Ventura Simi Valley Unified School District Hillside Middle School
Ventura Simi Valley Unified School District Royal High School

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

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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