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CUSD schools earn Gold Ribbon Schools Awards

CARLSBAD — Three Carlsbad schools were recognized last week by the state of California.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that Pacific Rim, Hope and Aviara Oaks Elementary Schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) are being honored as 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools Award recipients.

“We are thrilled that these outstanding schools are being recognized,” said CUSD Superintendent Suzette Lovely. “Everyday, in every classroom, our teachers strive to provide every student an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment. The instructional team — teachers, parents, administrators and classified staff — are focused on fostering the skills our students need for success.”

The Gold Ribbon Awards Program replaces the former Distinguished Schools Program and is aligned with California’s new assessment and accountability system. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year, with only 722 selected. The Carlsbad schools are three of only 29 schools in San Diego County to be honored this year. Last year, middle and high schools were honored.

“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.”

The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize schools that have made gains in implementing California’s new academic and performance standards.

These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

CUSD’s Gold Ribbon Schools will be honored at a special ceremony in Anaheim May 10.