Gold Ribbon School Recognition for SHS

Saratoga High Earns Gold Ribbon School Recognition

Yesterday, Saratoga High School was among the 275 schools recognized, across the state, as a California Gold Ribbon School.  State Schools Chief, Tom Torlakson, announced the 2017 winners of this prestigious award, created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools program.  This award was given based on the effective implementation of innovative signature practices and/or making gains in implementing the current state content and performance standards.  The recognized schools exemplify excellence in education. 

Saratoga High School was honored for its efforts around school climate and reducing student stress.  Intentional and now-integral professional development has examined the factors that contribute to this stress and developed a comprehensive plan for strengthening Social-Emotional education along with the robust standards/content based education is the hallmark of the school.  The district’s Strategic Plan includes a commitment to “Student Wellness, Balance and Belonging.”  WASC goals and the site’s LCAP hold the school accountable for their efforts in this critical arena, supported by the community, the school’s PTSO, School Site Council and Foundation.  CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth) ensures access to counseling for students.  The 1440 Foundation has provided significant funding for this work, including the Passageworks program.  Students are empowered through their participation in peer and leadership groups/events such as “Speak Up for Change” week, Common Roots and the World Café. A new bell schedule was also designed to reduce stress. 

Superintendent Mistele congratulates everyone involved.  “This is a collaborative and concerted effort that has transformed the culture at Saratoga High.  Social-emotional learning stands side-by-side with academic opportunities and students thrive.  They are taking ownership, learning to not only identify stressors but how to manage this stress – a true life skill.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible – staff, our community, our Board of Trustees and our students!”


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