Three SF Public Schools Named California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2015

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Three SF Public Schools Named California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2015

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May 6, 2015 (San Francisco) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that three San Francisco public schools, Lowell High, Roosevelt Middle and City Arts and Tech High (a public charter school), will be recognized under California’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. The two SFUSD schools and one charter are among 193 middle schools and 180 high schools in California to be recognized for their academic success and innovation.

Administered by the California Department of Education (CDE), the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Program recognizes 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.

Schools that applied for the award shared a model program adopted by the school that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.

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 and accountability systems. The new CDE award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.

In addition to being chosen as a Gold Ribbon School, Lowell High was among the 38 schools also selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education, or Physical Activity and Nutrition. Schools applied separately for these honors. Additionally, Gold Ribbon awardees that are also Title I schools were recognized as Academic Achieving Schools. 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. Roosevelt and City Arts and Tech are both Title I schools.

The Gold Ribbon schools as well as the Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Schools, 2015 Green Ribbon Schools, 2015 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Honorees from 2014 will be recognized later this month during regional ceremonies held in Sacramento, San Diego, Visalia, and San Francisco.

For more information visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s Web site.

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