The state Department of Education has announced the winners of its newly established California Gold Ribbon School Awards, including 45 from Orange County.
In total, 373 public middle and high schools were recognized Tuesday for gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards that have been adopted by the State Board of Education for all students, including English learners.
The Gold Ribbon School program was launched this year to recognize exemplary public schools in place of the longstanding California Distinguished Schools designation, which is on hiatus as California transitions to new assessment and accountability systems.
Only middle and high schools were eligible for Gold Ribbon honors in 2015; elementary schools will get their turn in 2016.
And so, the 45 Orange County campuses announced as 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools are:
Anaheim Union High School District
Brookhurst Junior High
Dale Junior High
South Junior High
Sycamore Junior High
Walker Junior High
Capistrano Unified School District
Carl H. Hankey K-8
Fountain Valley School District
Harry C. Fulton Middle
Kazuo Masuda Middle
Samuel E. Talbert Middle
Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Buena Park High
Garden Grove Unified School District
Bolsa Grande High
Izaak Walton Intermediate
La Quinta High
Stephen R. Fitz intermediate
Huntington Beach City School District
Ethel R. Dwyer Middle
Issac L. Sowers Middle
Irvine Unified School District
La Habra City School District
Laguna Beach School District
Los Alamitos Unified School District
Los Alamitos High
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Early College High
Orange Unified School District
Cerro Villa Middle
El Modena High
El Rancho Charter
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
El Dorado High
Yorba Linda High
Tustin Unified School District
A.G. Currie Middle
Arnold O. Beckman High
Orchard Hills Middle
Each of the schools above applied for the distinction by documenting a “Model Program” that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies and practices that positively affect student outcomes and successes; elicits engagement from stakeholders, including parents; resourcefully uses funding; and can be replicated by other schools.
Similar to the California Distinguished Schools program, a team of educators reviewed the applications, and schools with the highest scores were visited by a validation team.
In addition, 38 schools in California received awards for their exemplary arts, career technical education, physical and nutrition education programs, as well as recognition for Title I Academic Achieving Schools. Of those, 26 were in Orange County.
For a full breakdown of schools and awards, check out the CDE news release.
More information about the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program is available on the CDE Schools Recognition web page.