Alhambra Unified School District is proud to announce that Alhambra and San Gabriel High Schools are two of the 275 middle schools and high schools in the State that are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. The Department of Education received 477 applications from middle and high schools. Additionally, both schools, Alhambra and San Gabriel, are also receiving Title I Academic Achievement Awards.
“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,” Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent 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.
Schools applied for the Gold Ribbon 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. For Title I Achievement awards, schools did not apply, an analysis of school data was conducted and those schools that demonstrated success in significantly closing the achievement gap between high and low-performing students were recognized.
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.
“We are proud of Alhambra and San Gabriel High Schools. To receive the Gold Ribbon and Title I awards is indicative of the quality of education that students receive in AUSD,” Dr. Gary Gonzales, Asst. Superintendent said. “Teachers and site administrators are working together to ensure that our students receive the best education possible.”