Mt. Carmel High School (MCHS) was one of four Poway Unified School District (PUSD) schools to be named a 2017 California Gold Ribbon School. 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.

The other PUSD schools to be honored were Del Norte High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, and Oak Valley Middle School. “These schools are an excellent example of PUSD’s mission of ensuring college and career readiness for all students,” said PUSD Superintendent Marian Kim-Phelps. “Through dedicated staff and innovative programs, they are creating 21st century learners, ready for future success.” MCHS Principal Greg Magno, along with the three other PUSD principals, were honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson at an awards ceremony on May 1. They will also be honored at the PUSD school board meeting in mid-May. Learn more at