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School Recognitions

2018-2019 California Honor Roll Schools

The Educational Results Partnership (ERP), sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), recently announced the 2018-2019 California Honor Roll schools. After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in California, eight Capistrano Unified schools were identified as clear leaders in getting students to grade-level and beyond.
The Capistrano Unified schools named to the 2018-2019 Honor Roll are:
  • Vista Del Mar Elementary,
  • Wood Canyon Elementary,
  • Arroyo Vista Middle,
  • Don Juan Avila Middle,
  • Ladera Ranch Middle,
  • Las Flores Middle,
  • Aliso Niguel High School, and
  • Tesoro High School.

Gold Ribbon Schools

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.
  • 2017
    • Ladera Ranch Middle School
  • 2016
    • Carl Hankey K-8 School (Elementary)​​
    • Vista del Mar Elementary School
  • 2015
    • ​​Carl Hankey K-8 School (Middle)

2018 PBIS Awards

7 CUSD Schools Win PBIS Award: The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Coalition has announced 7 CUSD schools as recipients of awards for implementing PBIS at their school sites!
PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. The process focuses on improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students.
A Gold level award is earned by schools that have established strong tier one behavior supports for all students and strong tier two behavior supports for students needing additional support. Schools that have established strong tier one behavior supports for all students earn a Silver level award.
Each school's name is displayed on the California PBIS Coalition website HERE.
Congratulations to all the schools that were recognized!
Gold Level Award
  • Wagon Wheel Elementary School
Silver Level Award
  • Chaparral Elementary
  • Bathgate Elementary
  • Don Juan Avila Elementary
  • San Juan Elementary
  • Aliso Viejo Middle
  • Shorecliffs Middle