El Rancho High, along with 179 high schools and 193 schools, was recognized as a gold ribbon school.
The focus of the California Gold Ribbon Schools award will be to recognize California schools that have made astounding improvement in enforcing the academic content and performance measures endorsed by the State Board of Education for all students, including English learners. These include, but are not limited to, the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, California English Language Development Standards, Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and Next Generation Science Standards.
These honorable schools are distinguished because,“[They] are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” said, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Toralkson. El Rancho High School, like many awarded high schools, provides a leadership role in, “embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”
Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Jazmin Chavez Diaz says, “ We were recognized for our Professional Development program. Our teachers and staff have done an incredible job of creating and participating in our Professional Development program.”
Furthermore in order to be awarded with the California Gold Ribbon, the school should have improved in different areas. Hence, Chavez Diaz says, “Our academic gains are numerous and range from the increase in our AG completion rate, to our increase in our CAHSEE Proficiency rate. We can also include the growth in the number of students taking Advanced Placement classes and Advanced Placement exams. But, all of this success stems from the work of our teachers. Our PD program has given them an opportunity to share best practices and learn from one another.”
This award gives the opportunity for the school to have a moment in the spotlight. Mary Chapman, Assistant of Principal for Activities said, “ERHS receiving the Gold Ribbon is recognition of the success we have had and it is an honor! I am elated and grateful to work with such a great team of teachers, staff and students!”
Additionally, Chavez Diaz said, “It is a wonderful thing to be recognized for your hard work. Our school has worked very hard, and we are very happy to have El Rancho recognized for the amazing school, that it is.”
Schools applied for the award based on an exemplary program their school has embraced that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be mirrored by other local educational agencies.
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to have a program that focused on honoring schools while it replaced the California Distinguished Schools Program temporarily in the period of time required for California to transition to new assessment and accountability systems.
– Jazmin Hernandez