The California Distinguished Schools program is currently being replaced by the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award program. The Gold Ribbon Schools Award program honors some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Gold Ribbon Schools demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap, are making great strides to implement standards, and embrace the priorities adopted by the California Department of Education. Schools must qualify to apply and submit required applications. Schools that are invited to the second level of qualification must prepare for a site visit to ensure the model practices described in their applications are fully in place.
Visit the CA Gold Ribbon Schools Award web page provided by CDE for more information.