California Gold Ribbon School -2015
From the CDE: California GR Schools Award - A program which honors some of California's outstanding public schools. Schools that are selected demonstrate exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority areas. California schools that made tremendous gains in implementing SBE policies and their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) were invited to apply for the California GR Schools Award https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/gr/index.asp.
Bolsa Grande was awarded the prestigious California Gold Ribbon School Award in 2015. One significant factor leading to the recognition was the creation of a model program tied to the district LCAP. It is through the success of this model program, Senior College Focus, which includes the elements of tracking, support, and accountability that has led it to be expanded to the other high schools in the district. This expansion was initiated by our district level counseling team and specific elements of the program were replicated across the district.
Knowing that preparations for higher education must begin before the senior year, the Senior College Focus program encompasses more than just the steps to apply and be accepted to college: in fact, it actually begins for those attending BGHS in their freshman year. Counselors and administrators perform transcript audits as the first step to college, looking at overall placement to confirm appropriately rigorous schedules, therefore enabling students to meet the conditions for college admission. Ensuring that students are placed in appropriately challenging classes results in a reduction of the D-F rate without compromising academic rigor, simultaneously increasing BGHS’s A-G rate. Additionally, the school-wide D-F rate was reduced 6% to 13.7% from the inception of the program two years earlier and now sits 4% below the district average D-F rate, thereby increasing the number of college eligible seniors.