The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.
Success indicators included school/district wide academic success as measured by the California Academic Performance Index of 937 in 2010 and 968 and 2011, and English learner and special education student academic progress as measured qualitatively by the establishment of support structures that include developing robust individual education plans for special education and individualized learning plans for English learners; and instructional strategies that ensure consideration of individual learning styles, motivational factors and generalization of skills.
Honors some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.Signature practices highlighted: -The “I” in IEP: An individualized Service Model for Students with Individual Education Plans -Visual and Performing Arts: Music and Art