The San Ramon Valley Unified School District all but dominated California's Gold Ribbon School program this year, with 18 of the district's 21 elementary schools earning the distinction when state officials announced the recipients last week.
SRVUSD's winner count represented just under half of Contra Costa County's overall total in the award program recognizing California's best public schools for strides in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Only elementary schools were honored this year.
"These awards are a testament to the excellent education provided by our teachers, the commitment of our classified staff, the leadership of our site administrators and the dedication of our parents and students," SRVUSD superintendent Mary Shelton said, congratulating the local winners.
The San Ramon Valley's Gold Ribbon elementary schools this year were Alamo, Bollinger Canyon, Country Club, Creekside, Golden View, Green Valley, Greenbrook, Hidden Hills, John Baldwin, Live Oak, Montevideo, Neil Armstrong, Quail Run, Rancho Romero, Sycamore Valley, Tassajara Hills, Twin Creeks and Vista Grande.
The recipients are set to be honored at the California School Recognition Program on May 5 in Santa Clara.
Other Tri-Valley Gold Ribbon counts included Dublin Unified with three winners and Pleasanton Unified with one. Contra Costa County's award total of 37 schools was the most in Northern California.
"The elementary schools in our county being recognized as Gold Ribbon schools have some truly amazing programs that can serve as models for other schools around the state and country," County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata said.
In all, 772 elementary schools across California earned the distinction when State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson unveiled the winners April 14.
"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 are a placeholder for the former California Distinguished Schools Program, which is suspended while the state creates new assessment and accountability systems, according to the state.