California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 23 middle schools and high school programs were recognized as having Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education or Physical Activity and Nutrition.
Of the schools statewide, Adams Middle School of Brentwood was 1-of-17 who earned recognition in Exemplary Arts Education Program Award.
BUSD Superintendent Dana Eaton was happy with the news and congratulated the staff.
“We are very proud of all the work the staff, students and parents have done to ensure arts is a core component of middle school education,” said Eaton. “The team at Adams has been putting on amazing plays, winning awards at band competitions and integrating arts throughout the curriculum through their creative dynamics program. I am so pleased the state chose to honor them.”
Here is the official Press Release:
SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced additional honors for 23 of the 275 middle schools and high schools that were recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools last month.
Twenty-three of those Gold Ribbon Schools have been selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education or Physical Activity and Nutrition. Schools applied separately for those honors. Luther Burbank Middle School in Los Angeles County and Granite Bay High School in Placer County are multiple winners recognized for Exemplary Programs in both Arts Education and Career Technical Education.
“We know that school offerings outside of core academic subject areas—in addition to sparking creative minds and producing healthy bodies—keep students engaged in school, connected, and on the path to graduation and 21st century careers and college. I congratulate these 23 Gold Ribbon schools on their outstanding work.”
The Exemplary Program Awards were created in 2013 to celebrate those schools carrying out the goals in Torlakson’s A Blueprint for Great Schools report, which provided vision and direction for the California education system. That report was updated in 2015 with A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0.
More information on Exemplary Program Awards is available at the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program page on the California Department of Education’s Web site.
The 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools as well as the 2017 Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Award Schools, 2017 Green Ribbon Schools, 2017 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Schools from 2016 will be honored in May during regional ceremonies in Costa Mesa, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.
2017 Exemplary Program Awards
* ARTS = Exemplary Arts Education Program Award
* CTE = Career Technical Education
* PAN = Exemplary Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Program Award