San Elijo Middle School Receives California Gold Ribbon School Award

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San Elijo Middle School was named as one of 193 middle schools in California to receive the Gold Ribbon School Award.  The new program is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, said, “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”

Doug Hall, principal at San Elijo Middle, couldn’t agree more.  “We had a great validation visit.  The visitation team were very impressed with our programs, but, more importantly, they were impressed with the positive feeling, tone and the whole SEMS family.”

The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  To see the list of all recipients, click here.

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