Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBV) and Mission Vista High School (MVHS) have been named 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools. The Gold Ribbon Awards, which are temporarily replacing the California Distinguished Schools Program, recognize schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education, and also serve as examples of excellent teaching, learning, collaborating, and successful school climate efforts.

RBV was specifically recognized for its reading and writing program that involves English and social studies classes, equipping students with writing strategies and analysis skills necessary to write complete essays on a variety of topics. With the latest round of awards, all three of the comprehensive high schools in the Vista Unified School District have been honored as Gold Ribbon Schools. “This is a remarkable achievement that reflects well on the hard work of our students, staff, families, and partners,” said Vista Unified Superintendent Devin Vodicka.