Eighteen LAUSD Schools Receive California Gold Ribbon Award Honoring Outstanding and Innovative Schools

LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2015) - The state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program today honored 18 traditional and charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. These high schools and middle schools were recognized for making gains in implementing California’s academic content and performance standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science.

“Congratulations, to all our Gold Ribbon Schools on their outstanding success,” said Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. “I’m proud of the students, parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators at each of the schools who made this honor possible.”

A total of 193 middle schools and 180 high schools were singled out across the state. Elementary schools in 2016 will be recognized.

“I am pleased that Dodson Middle School, Port of Los Angeles High School, Harbor Teacher Prep, and Animo Pat Brown are being recognized as 2015 California Gold Ribbon schools,” said L.A. Unified Board President Dr. Richard Vladovic. “I could not be prouder of these schools achievements, the work being done by student and faculty alike, and look forward to many more years of their fine work in educating our students and setting them on a path to future success.”

School Board Member Tamar Galatzan congratulated L.A. Unified’s winners, including the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills and Cleveland Charter High in Reseda.

“VAAS and Cleveland High have unique and innovative programs that keep students engaged and inspire them to love learning,” said Galatzan, who represents the West San Fernando Valley. “It’s very appropriate that the Gold Ribbon Awards were announced on National Teacher Day. It’s through the dedication and hard work of our educators that our schools and students are successful.”

LAUSD honorees include: Alliance College-Ready Academy High 16; Animo Pat Brown Charter High; Arleta High; ArTES: Arts, Theatre, Entertainment; Crown Preparatory Academy; El Sereno Middle; Equitas Academy Charter #2; Global Studies & Technology Academy; Grover Cleveland Charter High; Harbor Teacher Prep Academy; Math and Science College Prep; Palisades Charter High; Renaissance Arts Academy; Rise Kohyang Middle; Rudecinda Sepulveda Dodson Middle; Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences and Walnut Park Middle School—STEM Academy.

This award temporarily replaces the California Distinguished School, which was based in part on results from the state’s Academic Performance Index and standardized tests that are no longer used. At this time, new assessment and accountability measures are being created.

“Our Gold Ribbon Honorees are examples of tremendous progress in our district. These schools demonstrate quality instruction, student-focused environments, and educators who adjust their practice to help achieve academic gains,” said School Board Member Mónica García. “Our honorees know that there is always opportunity for growth. I applaud your distinction and your efforts to prepare A-G college and career-ready graduates.”

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