The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) is proud to announce that Golden Elementary School has been selected as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School, the country’s highest academic honor for K-12 campuses.
Notably, Golden is the only school in Orange County to receive this award, and one of just twelve throughout the state of California. In total, only 300 public and 49 private schools nationwide received this matching distinction for 2018.
“We are extremely proud of Golden’s tremendous achievement,” shared PYLUSD Superintendent, Dr. Greg Plutko. “Golden’s students, teachers, staff, administrators, and community members are to be congratulated for their dedicated work and remarkable success. This accolade shines a light on the school’s high expectations for all students through rigorous and relevant educational experiences.”
Now in its 36th year, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.
Selected as an Exemplary High Performing School, Golden had to meet specific academic-based achievement goals in order to be considered for the award. This includes ranking in the top 15 percent of schools in California based on recently administered state assessments and more.
Golden Elementary School and principal, Dr. Alison DeMark, as well as recently retired principal, Roann Turk, will be honored for this achievement in November during an official awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The addition of Golden’s new accolade marks the tenth time a Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District campus has been distinguished as a National Blue Ribbon School.
To see the full list of 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools or to learn more about the program, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.