Del Norte High School, Mt. Carmel High School, Oak Valley Middle School, and Rancho Bernardo High School of the Poway Unified School District (PUSD) have all been named 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools. The Gold Ribbon Awards, which are temporarily replacing the California Distinguished Schools Program, recognize schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education, and also serve as examples of excellent teaching, learning, collaborating, and successful school climate efforts.

“These schools are an excellent example of PUSD’s mission of ensuring college and career readiness for all students,” said PUSD Superintendent Marian Kim-Phelps. “Through dedicated staff and innovative programs, they are creating 21st century learners, ready for future success.” Principals Greg Mizel (Del Norte), Greg Magno (Mt. Carmel), Casey Currigan (Oak Valley), and Dave LeMaster (Rancho Bernardo) were honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at an awards ceremony in May. Learn more at