Honors and Awards School Listing

  • 8 Gold Ribbon SchoolsGold Ribbon School Logo

    Jackson Elementary School—2016

    Bella Vista Middle School—2017

    Gardner Middle School—2017

    Temecula Middle School—2017

    Vail Ranch Middle School—2017

    Chaparral High School—2017

    Great Oak High School—2017

    Temecula Valley High School—2017

    California Gold Ribbon Schools Program

    A program for which honors some of California's outstanding public schools. Schools that are selected demonstrate exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority areas.


    8 Green Ribbon Schools

    Temecula Valley High School - Bronze Award - 2019

    Margarita Middle School - Bronze Award - 2019

    Crowne Hill Elementary School - Bronze Award - 2019Green ribbon schools logo

    Red Hawk Elementary School - Bronze Award - 2019

    Rancho Vista High School—Gold Award—2018

    Barnett Elementary School—Silver Award—2018

    Paloma Elementary School—Silver Award—2018

    Great Oak High School—Silver Award—2017

    Green Ribbon Schools Award Program

    The U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools, school districts, and Institutes of Higher Education for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education (ED) effort to identify and communicate practices that result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness; and reinforces federal efforts to increase energy independence and economic security.

    California K-12 public and private schools, early learning centers, and school districts are eligible to seek ED-GRS nomination from the California Department of Education (CDE). To be considered for an ED-GRS nomination, follow the online application process described in the directions documents below. CDE may nominate up to five schools or districts for ED-GRS. If your school or district is selected as a California nominee, CDE staff will work with you to submit the nominee presentation form and package to ED for consideration. State nominees are announced by CDE in February, confirmed by ED in April, and celebrated in a summer award ceremony.

    Application reviews will be based on the applicant's demonstrated progress towards reaching the goals of each of the three ED-GRS Pillars, which are:

    Pillar I: Reduce environmental impact and costs
    Pillar II: Improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff
    Pillar III: Provide effective environmental education, which teaches many disciplines, and is especially good at effectively incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways

    23 California Distinguished Schools from 1995-2014 (Program changed to Gold Ribbon Schools in 2016)

    1995
    Red Hawk Elementary School
    Vail Elementary School  

    1998distinguished schools logo
    Paloma Elementary School
    Temecula Elementary School

    2001
    Chaparral High School
    Vail Ranch Middle School

    2002
    Vail Elementary School
    Vintage Hills Elementary School

    2005
    Temecula Valley High School
    Vail Ranch Middle School

    2006
    Vail Elementary School

    2007
    Day Middle School

    2008
    Abby Reinke Elementary School
    Nicolas Valley Elementary School

    2009
    Chaparral High School
    Great Oak High School

    2010
    Rancho Elementary School
    Temecula Luiseno Elementary School

    2012
    Alamos Elementary School
    Nicolas Valley Elementary School
    Paloma Elementary School

    2013
    Vail Ranch Middle School

    2014
    Tony Tobin Elementary School 

    California Distinguished Schools Program

    Honors some of California's most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.