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National Blue Ribbon School

The National Blue Ribbon Schools (NBRS) Program is one of the U.S. Department of Education’s longest-running recognition programs. NBRS recognizes outstanding public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall high academic achievement or success in closing the achievement gap among diverse groups of students.  Since its inception in 1982, the goals of the program are to shine a spotlight on the best schools in the United States and to share best practices of outstanding schools across the country.

  • Sixth Street Prep: 2023

California Distinguished School Award

Beginning in 1986, the California School Recognition Program (CSRP) gives exceptional schools and school leaders the opportunity to gather and share their model programs and practices and their special skills which have contributed to their success. There are many details that go into the eligibility and selection of these awardees.  All of the award programs recognize sustained student achievement, excellence in environmental program design, or superior job performance, and community involvement. 

  • Endeavour School of Exploration: 2018
  • Sixth Street Prep Elementary: 2010, 2020, 2023
  • West Palms Conservatory: 2010, 2018
  • Galileo Academy: 2008, 2014, 2020
  • Lomitas Elementary: 1998, 2002 and 2006
  • Brentwood Elementary: 2002 and 2006
  • The Academy of Performing Arts and Foreign Language: 2006
  • Park View Elementary: 1993, 1997 and 2004
  • Village Elementary: 1995, 2000 and 2004
  • Liberty Elementary: 1993
  • Mountain View Montessori: 2020
In addition, each year two of California's Distinguished School Awardees are eligible to become a National ESEA Distinguished Schools Awardee.  In 2022, Sixth Street Prep was one of two schools selected in California to receive this national honor.
  • Sixth Street Prep: 2020, 2022


In a period when pandemic disruptions made it hard to collect data for statewide assessments, the CDE worked with education association partners to create the CAPP Award to honor the efforts of schools and districts who designed and implemented unique opportunities and strategies to support students in this most challenging time.

  • Victor Elementary School District: 2022
  • Mountain View Montessori: 2022

Cape Eureka Award

The Eureka Award for Performance Excellence™ is the top level award offered by CCE and adheres to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria. The Eureka Award offers seven categories: Large and Small Service; Education; Health Care; Non-Profit; Government; and, Military. The award consists of a full Baldrige-based application using the most current criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

  • Victor Elementary School District: 2007, 2015

California Honor Roll School

Honor Roll schools are consistently raising student academic achievement and closing achievement gaps. They are for their accomplishments, but so that other schools can learn and replicate the best practices of Honor Roll schools. 

Sixth Street Prep: 2024

California Prospector Award

The award program, which emulates the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, recognizes companies and organizations that demonstrate continuous improvement and superior performance in several key areas including leadership, strategic planning, student learning results, budgetary and financial results, faculty and staff focus, organizational effectiveness and social responsibility. 

  • Victor Elementary School District: 2006

United States Department Of Education National Research Project On Learning From Six High Poverty, High Achieving Blue Ribbon Schools

Schools were chosen from No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award winners according to the number of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches, high state test scores, and diversity of size, grade levels, and geographic location.

  •  Brentwood Elementary: 2002

CSBA California Golden Bell

  • Victor Elementary School District: 2014, 2023