State education officials have selected Westminster High School (WHS) as a 2017 California Gold Ribbon School.

Biennially, the state recognizes California secondary schools that have made advances in implementing academic content and performances standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Westminster High School is among 29 schools in Orange County and 275 in the state to receive the matching distinction. The school was also identified as a Title I Academic Achieving School.

“These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st-century careers and college,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a news release.

The California Department of Education (CDE) will honor 2017 Gold Ribbon awardees, including Westminster High School, during a regional ceremony in May.