The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) was proud to learn today that 11 of its elementary schools – the most of any school district in Alameda County – have earned California Gold Ribbon School Awards according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. In all of California, 772 elementary schools are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.
“These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” Torlakson said. “California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow.”
FUSD schools named as Gold Ribbon School Award-winners are Azevada, Brier, Durham, Glenmoor, Grimmer, Hirsch, Leitch, Mattos, Mission San Jose, Warm Springs and Warwick Elementary Schools.
“We are very pleased to have so many of our elementary schools recognized by the state as Gold Ribbon Schools,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Jim Morris. “Our teachers, staff, families and - especially - our students work very hard in and out of the classroom to create an educational environment that benefits everyone. This is a wonderful testament to that effort and we look forward to carrying this momentum into the future.”
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 and accountability systems. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year. Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award recognized middle and high schools last year. FUSD’s Kennedy High School, Mission San Jose High School and Horner Junior High School were recognized in 2015.
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. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
The 2016 Elementary Gold Ribbon Schools as well as the 2016 Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Schools, 2016 Green Ribbon Schools, 2016 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Schools from 2015, will be honored in May/June during regional ceremonies held in Santa Clara, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Visalia, and Sacramento.
Please visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Web site. The CDE California School Recognition Program is presented by San Mateo-based California Casualty.