This year 275 middle schools and high schools were honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.
Since the program's inception, the California Department of Education has recognized 193 middle schools, 180 high schools, and 780 elementary schools as Gold Ribbon School Award recipients. An additional 275 can now be added to that list.
477 middle schools and high schools applied this year.
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.