Sam Brannan honored as 2015 California Gold Ribbon School

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Sam Brannan Principal Al Rogers

Sam Brannan Middle School is among the recipients of the state’s new 2015 Gold Ribbon Award from the California Department of Education.

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced the Gold Ribbon winners on Tuesday. Brannan was among 193 middle schools and 180 high schools to receive the honor.

“These schools are academically successful, vibrant and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. ”They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right — embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching and creating a positive school climate.”

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.

Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.

Sam Brannan was also recognized as an Academic Achieving School. This additional recognition is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds that assist in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line.

The Gold Ribbon schools will be recognized later this month during regional ceremonies held in Sacramento, San Diego, Visalia and San Francisco.