Indicators of Excellence


    Glendale Unified School District remains the ideal choice for parents seeking an exceptional, accomplished school district that is committed to engaging students and families. Realtors and local businesses report that the positive reputation of Glendale schools is often a motivating factor when families choose to move to Glendale. Here are just a few of the recent indicators of excellence recognizing the success of our schools.

  • National Blue Ribbon Schools

    9 GUSD schools have earned the U.S. Office of Education's highest designation for a public school, the National Blue Ribbon.

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  • California Distinguished Schools

    26 GUSD schools have received California's highest award for excellence, the California Distinguished School Award. To earn this designation, schools must complete a rigorous evaluation that includes academic achievement, quality of instruction, school leadership, parent involvement, and school-community partnerships. The California Distinguished Schools program returned in 2018 after a three-year break and replaced the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

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  • California Gold Ribbon Schools

    The Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which was on hiatus while California created new assessment and accountability systems. This award recognizes California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

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  • Title I Academic Achieving Schools

    17 of GUSD's 18 Title I schools have been named Title I Academic Achieving School.

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  • Teachers of the Year

    Glendale's reputation also attracts excellent teachers and other professionals. People want to come and work in the district. One indicator is that Glendale Schools have placed more teachers in the semi-finals of the California Teachers of the Year program during the past 12 years than any other district of comparable size in the state.

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  • Other Academic Awards and Recognitions

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