Vista del Mar Elementary and Carl Hankey K-8 were two of the first elementary schools in the state to receive the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. Since the Department of Education temporarily halted its Distinguished Schools Program, Gold Ribbon is the new designation created to honor high achieving schools.
In order to be considered for the Gold Ribbon, a school has to show exceptional progress in implementing California's rigorous new state standards in English and math. In addition, the institution must offer a program that "includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices...which can be replicated by other local educational agencies." In other words, Gold Ribbon schools should serve as exemplary models that other schools can observe and follow.
- Ladera Ranch Middle School
- Carl Hankey K-8 School (Elementary)
- Vista del Mar Elementary School
- Carl Hankey K-8 School (Middle)