Distinguished Schools Awards

The Santa Barbara County Education Office works with the California Department of Education in their effort to award schools for their successful implementation of model programs and practices designed to support all students. Schools selected for this award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

2020 Awards:

California Distinguished Schools:
Aliso School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Kellogg School, Goleta Union School District
Santa Ynez School, College School District
Solvang School, Solvang School District


2019:
California Distinguished School:
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
2019 California Exemplary District:
Buellton Union School District
2019 California Model Continuation High School:
Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District
This award, in cooperation with the CA Continuation Education Association identifies and recognizes outstanding continuation high school programs. These model schools provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth through the use of exemplary instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, and guidance/counseling services.

2018:
California Distinguished Schools:
Foothill Elementary School, Goleta Union School District
Kellogg Elementary School, Goleta Union School District
Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District

California Exemplary District: 
Montecito Union School District

California Model Continuation High School:
Delta High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

Gold Ribbon Schools:
From 2015-2017  the California Department of Education introduced the interim school recognition program, Gold Ribbon Schools, while components of the new accountability system were evolving. Eligibility for the award required schools to certify that the school’s students Met or Exceeded standards on the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced Assessment.

2017:
Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
National Green Ribbon School:
Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
2016:
Alvin Avenue School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Ballard School, Ballard School District
Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Hope Elementary School, Hope School District
Leonora Filmore School, Lompoc Unified School District
Manzanita Public Charter School, Lompoc Unified School District
Monte Vista Elementary School, Hope School District
Santa Ynez Ynez School, College School District
National Blue Ribbon School:
Los Olivos School, Los Olivos School District
2015:
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
2014:
Ballard School, Ballard School District
Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
Montecito Union School, Montecito Union School District
Mountain View School, Goleta Union School District
Ralph Dunlap School, Orcutt Union School District
Summerland School, Carpinteria Unified School District
2013:
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
Orcutt Jr. High School, Orcutt Union School District
2012:
Santa Ynez School, College School District
Foothill School, Goleta Union School District
Isla Vista School, Goleta Union School District
Kellogg School, Goleta Union School District
Monte Vista School, Hope School District
Crestview School, Lompoc Unified School District
Solvang School, Solvang School District
2010:
Aliso School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara Elementary School District
Santa Barbara Community Academy, Santa Barbara Elementary School District
2009:
Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
2008:
Hollister School, Goleta Union School District
2007:
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
2006:
Aliso Elementary , Carpinteria Unified School District
Summerland Elementary , Carpinteria Unified School District
El Camino School , Goleta Union  School District
Los Olivos Elementary , Los Olivos  School District
Roosevelt Elementary , Santa Barbara Unified  School District
2005:
Cuyama Valley High , Cuyama Joint Unified School District
San Marcos High , Santa Barbara High School District
Santa Ynez Valley Union High , Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
2004:
Kellogg School , Goleta Union School District Elementary
2003:
Ernest Righetti High , Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
2002:
Jonata School , Buellton Union Elementary
Main Elementary , Carpinteria Unified School District
Summerland Elementary , Carpinteria Unified School District
College/Santa Ynez Elementary , College School District
El Camino Elementary , Goleta Union School District
Los Olivos Elementary , Los Olivos School District
Adams Elementary , Santa Barbara Elementary  School District
Monroe Elementary , Santa Barbara Elementary School District
2001:
Carpinteria Middle , Carpinteria Unified School District
Lakeview Junior High , Orcutt Union Elementary
Santa Barbara Junior High , Santa Barbara High School District
National Blue Ribbon School:
Mountain View School , Goleta Union School District
2000:
Mountain View School , Goleta Union School District
Pine Grove Elementary , Orcutt Union School District
Peabody Charter School , Santa Barbara Elementary School District
Washington Elementary , Santa Barbara Elementary School District
National Blue Ribbon Schools:
Goleta Valley Junior High School, Santa Barbara High School District
Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara High School District
1999:
Vandenberg Middle , Lompoc Unified School District
Dos Pueblos High , Santa Barbara High School District
Goleta Valley Junior High , Santa Barbara High School District
La Colina Junior High , Santa Barbara High School District
Santa Ynez Valley Union High , Santa Ynez Valley Union High
National Blue Ribbon School:
Patterson Road School, Orcutt Union School District
1998:
Los Olivos School District , Los Olivos School District
May Grisham Elementary , Orcutt Union School District
Ralph Dunlap School , Orcutt Union School District
  Juan Pacifico Ontiveros Elementary , Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Don Juan Bautista Arellanes School , Santa Maria-Bonita School District
George Washington Battles School , Santa Maria-Bonita School District
National Blue Ribbon School:
Lakeview Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
1997:
Montecito Union Elementary , Montecito Union School District
Alice Shaw Elementary , Orcutt Union School District
Patterson Road Elementary , Orcutt Union School District
Monroe Elementary , > Santa Barbara Elementary School District
Peabody Charter School , Santa Barbara Elementary School District
Martin Luther Tunnell Elementary , Santa Maria-Bonita School District
National Blue Ribbon School:
Monte Vista Elementary School, Hope School District
1996:
Cuyama Valley High , Cuyama Joint Unified School District
Lakeview Junior High , Orcutt Union School District
Orcutt Junior High , Orcutt Union School District
Santa Maria High , Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
El Camino Junior High , Santa Maria-Bonita School District
1995:
Canalino Elementary , Carpinteria Unified School District
Monte Vista Elementary , Hope School District
Vieja Valley Elementary , Hope School District
Joe Nightingale Elementary , Orcutt Union School District
1994:
San Marcos High , Santa Barbara High School District
1993:
Cleveland Elementary , Santa Barbara Elementary School District
1992:
Carpinteria Middle , Carpinteria Unified School District
La Cumbre Junior High , Santa Barbara High School District
1990:
Cuyama Valley High , Cuyama Joint Unified School District
Kermit McKenzie Junior High , Guadalupe Union School District
Lakeview Junior High , Orcutt Union School District
1990 Awards:
Solvang Upper School , Solvang School District
1989:
Los Olivos School District , Los Olivos Elementary
Pine Grove Elementary , Orcutt Union School District
Cleveland Elementary , Santa Barbara Elementary School District
1988:
Lakeview Junior High , Orcutt Union School District
Dos Pueblos High School , Santa Barbara High School District
1987:
Clarence Ruth Elementary , Lompoc Unified School District
1987:
Monroe Elementary , Santa Barbara Elementary School District
1986:
Los Olivos Elementary School , Los Olivos School District
Santa Barbara Senior High , Santa Barbara High School District

For a list of all California Distinguished Schools, click here: Distinguished Schools Historical List


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