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2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools

Warm Springs, Dorothy McElhinney and Shivela Middle Schools and Vista Murrieta High School have officially been named 2017Gold ribbon logo Gold Ribbon Schools!  State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the awards saying, “These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college.”  

 Avaxat, Rail Ranch and E. Hale Curran Elementary Schools are 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools and Thompson Middle School is a 2015 Gold Ribbon School.
District Superintendent Pat Kelley said, "I am so proud of each school honored and the fact that all four of our middle schools are Gold Ribbon Schools which is quite an accomplishment. These awards reflect the success of our middle school transformation efforts and the exemplary educational opportunities these schools are providing for our students." 

Schools are recognized not just for excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also for highly successful model programs that can be replicated by other districts.  

  • Warm Springs Middle School was recognized for their AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program,  a college readiness program targeting students who have the capacity and determination to succeed and who will be the first in their families to attend college.  
  • Shivela Middle School was recognized for their robust student leadership program. Currently Shivela offers six leadership classes and over 200 students are involved in ASB, Renaissance, Senate, Video Production, Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) and Yearbook.  
  • Dorothy Middle School was recognized for their award-winning dance program.  They have 225 students in 8 periods of dance, from beginning to advanced.  As the only middle school dance program in the district, students transfer to the campus each year to be part of the program which has positively influenced the school's climate and culture.    
  • Vista Murrieta High School was recognized for their Dual Enrollment (DE) program with MSJC.  This year about 700 VMHS students are taking DE courses and they will receive high school and college credit for the courses without paying college tuition.  Through Vista's DE program, students can earn as many as 47 transferable college credits in high school. 
The Gold Ribbon awards will be presented at a ceremony in May and Torlakson said. “I look forward to travelling the state to honor these schools and to help share the programs, methods, and techniques that are working.”