Awards & Honors


National Blue Ribbon School


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their 


progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups



California Distinguished School Award

A message from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson...


“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve

their dreams. Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”



National Blue Ribbon Award


Statement from the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:


"Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential. Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future."



Statement from CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson:


"I congratulate these dedicated schools for receiving such a prestigious national honor. This recognition was made possible by motivated teachers, administrators, and staff supported by involved parents who worked together to provide their students a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning."






California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll  


Gonsalves Elementary has been honored with a place on the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Honor Roll for the last several years. We have once again been recognized by the California business community for having met a rigorous standard of increasing and sustaining grade level proficiency over  four years and closing achievement gaps among all our students. The annual award is supported by numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, the California Business

Roundtable and United Way of the Bay Area.





California Distinguished School Award


 A message from State School Chief Jack O'Connell...


"It is an honor to recognize the schools, and the students, parents, teachers, and administrators who helped earn this most prestigious distinction. The 2010 California Distinguished Schools have been selected because of their academic excellence and for narrowing achievement gaps.  These schools have persevered despite state budget cutbacks that have cut deeply into the budgets of local school districts. I encourage

educators throughout our state to review the signature practices that Distinguished

Schools are using to improve student achievement."







California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll


Congratulations to our Students, Teachers, Support Staff, and Parents! We have been selected as an honoree on the 2009 Honor Roll sponsored by the California Business for Education Excellence! Click here to check out this honor. A press release highlighting this achievement was also featured in the Cerritos Community News. GO GRIZZLIES!







National Blue Ribbon Award


From the U.S. Department of Education:Image


The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to  high levels. In addition to being honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC, where each school receives a plaque and flag signifying their status, these schools serve as models for other schools throughout the nation.






California Distinguished School Award

In 2000, Gonsalves Elementary won its first California Distinguished School Award!Image