Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Education has designated four public schools in Senate District 36 as “Gold Ribbon Schools.” One is located in South Orange County and three are located in North San Diego County. Each school will receive a congratulatory letter from the Senator.
“I am delighted that four of the state’s best public schools are located in South Orange and North San Diego Counties,” said Bates. “These schools represent the finest in public education and offer a model that others can follow to provide the high quality instruction that every student deserves.”
The state created the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. The award went to only 373 schools out of the more than 2,600 middle and high schools in the state.
The four schools in Senate District 36 that received this prestigious honor are:
- Carl Hankey K-8 (Mission Viejo)
- Oak Crest Middle (Encinitas)
- Vista Magnet Middle (Vista)
- Vista High (Vista)
Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.
For more information about the Gold Ribbon Schools Award, click here.