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Award-Winning Schools

Boy sitting at desk in classroom with PBIS medals in front of him
Early College graduates with National Blue Ribbon logo
Costa Mesa admin interns Kristen Kowalczyk Rivas and Thao Nguyen-Kung with Golden Bell logo

National Awards

National Blue Ribbon Schools

School Years Awarded
Andersen Elementary 1988
Corona del Mar High School 1985, 1998
Davis Magnet  2021
Early College High School* 2023
Harbor View Elementary 1986, 2001
Lincoln Elementary 1999
Mariners Elementary 2007
Newport Harbor High School 2000
Victoria Elementary

2007

* Also recognized as a 2023 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Lighthouse Award School for exemplary student achievement and instructional practices.

U.S. Department of Education - Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership

Educator Year Awarded
Christy Flores
Principal, Davis Magnet
2021

U.S. News and World Report: Best High Schools

School Years Awarded
Corona del Mar High School 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024
Costa Mesa High School 2020, 2021, 2023
Early College High School 2019, 2020, 2021
Estancia High School 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2023
Monte Vista Independent Study 2023
Newport Harbor High School 2020, 2021, 2023

The Washington Post: America's Most Challenging High Schools

School Year
Estancia High School 2017

AP School Honor Roll

School Recognition Level
and Years Awarded
Corona del Mar High School Gold with Access: 2023
Costa Mesa High School Bronze with Access: 2023

 

State Awards

California Distinguished Schools*

School Years Awarded
Andersen Elementary 1987, 2002, 2008, 2014
California Elementary 2006, 2020
Corona del Mar High School 1988, 1996, 2007, 2024
Early College High School 2009, 2019, 2021
Eastbluff Elementary 2008, 2014
Ensign Intermediate 2001
Estancia High School 2024
Harbor View Elementary 2000, 2008, 2014
Kaiser Elementary 2000
Killybrooke Elementary 2000, 2008, 2020
Lincoln Elementary 1997, 2006, 2014
Mariners Elementary 2006, 2014
Newport Coast Elementary 2010, 2014, 2018**
Newport Elementary 1989, 2012
Newport Harbor High School 1986, 1999, 2005
Newport Heights Elementary 2014
Paularino Elementary 2010, 2020
Pomona Elementary 1987
Sonora Elementary 1989, 2002, 2008, 2018, 2020
TeWinkle Middle School 1996
Victoria Elementary 2000, 2006
Woodland Elementary 2014

*Hiatus from 2015-2017; replaced with Gold Ribbon (two-year award)
**Also received the Exemplary Arts Award

Gold Ribbon Awards*

School Year Awarded
Andersen Elementary 2016
Davis Magnet 2016
Early College High School 2015
Eastbluff Elementary 2016
Harbor View Elementary 2016
Kaiser Elementary 2016
Killybrooke Elementary 2016
Lincoln Elementary 2016
Mariners Elementary 2016
Paularino Elementary 2016
Pomona Elementary 2016
Sonora Elementary 2016
TeWinkle Middle School 2017
Woodland Elementary 2016

*Program ended in 2017

California Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Coalition*

School

Recognition Level
and Years Awarded

Adams Elementary Silver: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
Bronze: 2016
Andersen Elementary Gold: 2019
Silver: 2016, 2017
Back Bay High School Silver: 2016, 2017, 2018
California Elementary Bronze: 2016
College Park Elementary Silver: 2017
Bronze: 2016
Corona del Mar High School Platinum: 2022
Costa Mesa Middle School Bronze: 2016
Davis Magnet Platinum: 2022, 2023
Gold: 2019, 2021
Silver: 2016, 2017, 2018
Community Cares: 2020
Early College High School Platinum: 2019, 2022, 2023
Bronze: 2017, 2018
Community Cares: 2020
Eastbluff Elementary Platinum: 2019
Silver: 2016, 2018
Estancia High School Silver: 2017
Harbor View Elementary Silver: 2018
Kaiser Elementary Silver: 2017, 2018, 2019
Bronze: 2016
Killybrooke Elementary Platinum: 2023
Silver: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022
Bronze: 2016
Community Cares: 2020
Lincoln Elementary Gold: 2019, 2022
Silver: 2017, 2018
Bronze: 2016
Community Cares: 2020
Mariners Elementary Platinum: 2023
Silver: 2022
Bronze: 2017
Newport Coast Elementary Platinum: 2017, 2019
Gold: 2018
Newport Harbor High School Silver: 2022
Newport Heights Elementary Silver: 2016
Bronze: 2017
Paularino Elementary Gold: 2017, 2019
Silver: 2016, 2018
Pomona Elementary Bronze: 2016
Rea Elementary Gold: 2023
Silver: 2016, 2018, 2019
TeWinkle Middle School Silver: 2016, 2017, 2018
Bronze: 2019
Victoria Elementary Bronze: 2016, 2018
Whittier Elementary Bronze: 2016, 2017, 2022
Wilson Elementary Silver: 2019
Community Cares: 2020

*For the 2019-2020 school year, the PBIS Coalition launched a different version of the awards program, Community Cares.

California Department of Education Model Continuation School

School Years Awarded
Back Bay High School 2010, 2013, 2016

Title I Academic Achievement Awards

School Years Awarded
College Park Elementary 2007
Killybrooke Elementary 2009, 2010, 2016
Paularino Elementary 2016
Pomona Elementary 2009, 2016
Sonora Elementary 2009, 2016
Victoria Elementary 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

California Honor Roll Schools*

School Years Awarded
Adams Elementary 2023
Andersen Elementary 2019, 2021, 2023
California Elementary 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2023
Corona del Mar High School 2021
Costa Mesa High School 2018
Davis Magnet 2019, 2021, 2023
Early College High School 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
Eastbluff Elementary 2021, 2023
Ensign Intermediate 2023
Estancia High School 2021
Harbor View Elementary 2023
Kaiser Elementary 2023
Killybrooke Elementary 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2023
Newport Elementary 2023
Newport Coast Elementary 2021, 2023
Newport Harbor High School 2019, 2021
Newport Heights Elementary 2019, 2023
Paularino Elementary 2018, 2019, 2021
Sonora Elementary 2021, 2023

*Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE)

California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championships

School Approximate
Number of
Championships
Corona del Mar High School 133
Costa Mesa High School 6
Estancia High School 13
Newport Harbor High School 56

 

District-Wide Recognition

California School Board Association (CSBA) Golden Bell

Program Year Awarded
Graduation Coach Program 2023
Data Dashboards 2016
Bus in the Classroom 2016
Psychological Support Services Programs  2016
Costa Mesa High School Business Academy 2012
Credit Recovery 2011
Harper Preschool Inclusion Program 2005

California Honor Roll District*

Year Awarded
2023

*Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE)

District Administration - District of Distinction

Program Year Awarded
Psychological Support Services Programs 2016