Two schools in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District were among 275 statewide to earn Gold Ribbon awards.

Peninsula High and Ridgecrest Intermediate were selected from 477 applicants statewide for the Golden Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which replaced the California Distinguished Schools Program, according to a release from the state Department of Education.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the winners Tuesday. Schools were chosen based on improvements they made implementing Common Core standards, according to the release.

Elementary schools that earned the award were acknowledged last year. In the PVPUSD, Cornerstone, Dapplegray, Montemalaga, Rancho Vista and Vista Grande elementary schools earned the award in 2016.

– Cynthia Washicko

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