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California Department of Education
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Release: #17-33
May 2, 2017
Contact: Peter Tira
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces
Exemplary Program Awards

SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced additional honors for 23 of the 275 middle schools and high schools that were recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools last month.

Twenty-three of those Gold Ribbon Schools have been selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education or Physical Activity and Nutrition. Schools applied separately for those honors. Luther Burbank Middle School in Los Angeles County and Granite Bay High School in Placer County are multiple winners recognized for Exemplary Programs in both Arts Education and Career Technical Education.

“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.”

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.

2017 Exemplary Program Awards

* ARTS = Exemplary Arts Education Program Award
* CTE = Career Technical Education
* PAN = Exemplary Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Program Award

County

District

School

Award Type

Award Type

Alameda

Dublin Unified

Eleanor Murray Fallon

PAN

n/a

Contra Costa

Brentwood Union

J. Douglas Adams Middle School

ARTS

n/a

Contra Costa

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Intermediate School

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

Burbank High School

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

David Starr Jordan Middle School

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

John Muir Middle School

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

Luther Burbank Middle School

ARTS

CTE

Los Angeles

Culver City Unified

Culver City High

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

Downey Unified

Griffiths Middle School

CTE

n/a

Los Angeles

El Monte Unified

Arroyo High School

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Downtown Magnets High School

CTE

n/a

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

San Gabriel Unified

Gabrielino High School

ARTS

n/a

Los Angeles

Walnut Valley Unified

Diamond Bar High School

ARTS

n/a

Mariposa

Mariposa County Unified

Mariposa County High School

CTE

n/a

Placer

Roseville Joint Union

Antelope High School

CTE

n/a

Placer

Roseville Joint Union

Granite Bay High School

ARTS

CTE

Riverside

Temecula Valley Unified

Great Oak High School

ARTS

n/a

San Diego

San Marcos Unified

San Marcos High School

ARTS

n/a

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Herbert Hoover Middle School

ARTS

n/a

Solano

Benicia Unified

Benicia High School

ARTS

n/a

Solano

Fairfield-Suisun Unified

Public Safety Academy

CTE

n/a

Ventura

Moorpark Unified

Moorpark High School

ARTS

n/a


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

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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