A team representing the Butte County Office of Education Jeanette Spencer, Barbara Mandelbaum, Susan Davis and Susan Steward visited Gridley High School Monday morning to conduct interviews as part of the 2017 Gold Ribbon Award selection process.

Gridley High School is being considered for the award recognizing their academic achievements, based on the new Career Technical Education  (CTE) Academies.

The interview team had student lead tours of the Pathway Courses, along with the future Health Science Academy at Orchard Hospital to further observe the additional opportunities the students at Gridley High for college and career preparations.

The California Gold Ribbons Schools Award was created to honor public schools with CDE recognizing 193 middle schools, 180 high schools and 780 elementary schools as Gold Ribbon Schools recipients.

Besides Gridley HIgh, Pleasant Valley and Chico High Schools were considered.

California middle and high schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing State Board policies and their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) were invited to apply for the 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools Award.

The Academy of Agricultural Manufacturing, Academy of Animal Science, Academy of Horticultural Science, Academy of Arts, Media and Entertainment academies have shown tremendous success with 579 Gridley High students participating out of 589.

" The Gold Ribbon Award recognizes California schools who have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards including English Language Arts, English Development, Math, and Science. Each year, the California Department of Education issues a list of eligible schools that are able to apply for the award," Gridley High Principal Joey Adame stated.

"In addition to the performance standards, schools have the opportunity to present a model of practice that can be replicated by other schools. This year, Gridley High School qualified with above the state average scores in Math and English and Career Technical Education Pathways is the model of practice. The preliminary results of our visit has indicated that we will receive this prestigious award. Towards the end of the April, the California Department of Education will issue the list of Gold Ribbon School Recipients. The students, teachers, and parents at Gridley High School are honored for the visit and we look forward to the official results."

Gridley Unified Superintendent Jordan Reeves stated, "I am exceptionally proud of the students, teachers, classified staff and parents of Gridley High School in receiving this prestigious award. Mr. Adame’s leadership and vision in the development of GHS into a model of practice for Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways cannot be under estimated. GHS has received recognition not only in California but nationally as well for their CTE Pathways.. This recognition also takes into account that our English Language Arts and Math scores exceed the state average. The Gold Ribbon Award is the highest honor a school can receive from the California Department of Education. GHS is the only high school in Butte County to receive this award for 2016-17 school year.”