Harvest Park Middle School has earned statewide distinction as a 2017 Gold Ribbon School, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced on Tuesday, April 17.
"This distinction is an incredible honor and a testament to the continued excellence of our Harvest Park community," said Interim Superintendent Micaela Ochoa. "We congratulate Harvest Park Middle School for this well-deserved recognition."
Harvest Park was previously named a California Distinguished School in 2013, 2005, 2001 and 1994; a National School of Character in 2005; and a National Blue Ribbon School in 2002.
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Nearly 475 middle and high schools were eligible to apply this year. Harvest Park was among 17 middle and high schools in Alameda County to be recognized as a Gold Ribbon School.
The Gold Ribbon distinction is awarded based on a model program or practice a school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. Harvest Park’s recognition is a testament to its success in integrating technology into every classroom to provide rigorous curriculum to students and increase engagement.
“This award represents the dedication of our teachers, parents, and district to provide a 21st century learning environment for all Harvest Park students, said Harvest Park Principal Robin Munsell. “I continue to be impressed with the innovative teaching happening at Harvest Park. This is a wonderful honor for our school community.”
Harvest Park will be recognized with other 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools during a ceremony on May 4 in Santa Clara, California.