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California Department of Education
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Release: #18-24
April 2, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2018 California Distinguished Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 287 elementary schools are being honored under the Distinguished Schools Program. This program returns after a three-year break, and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

The list of recognized schools is attached at the end of this press release.

“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,” Torlakson said. “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.”

Sponsored by California Casualty, the 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress. Schools were also eligible to apply for a California Exemplary Program Award in Arts Education, and/or Physical Activity and Nutrition Education, which will be announced at a later time. These award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention. Some examples of this year’s honorees are:

  • Los Cerritos Elementary School, Long Beach Unified School District:
    Los Cerritos teachers look at school data annually and recently decided that a top priority was closing the achievement gap for African American students in math and English. After finding studies showing greater success for minority students when offered more opportunities for student collaboration, teachers began building a collaborative classroom culture. Now, visiting a classroom, you might hear students discussing strategies used to solve a math task using precise math vocabulary, adding on to each other’s thinking, then reflecting on their participation and how they might approach tasks in the future. The school’s efforts to promote learning through collaboration has resulted in a 10 percent increase in math scores and a 6 percent growth in English for the African American student subgroup.

  • Cleveland Elementary School, Oakland Unified School District: Four years ago, Cleveland Elementary School focused on California Healthy Kids data showing that students did not feel like they belong and suspension numbers disproportionately affecting African American students. The school decided to address these issues by adopting a model of positive behavioral intervention and using school funds to hire a “culture coach,” to encourage inclusiveness and responsibility. One result: the school has only had one student suspended for one day over the past four years.

  • Evergreen Elementary School, Evergreen Union School District: Located in rural northern Tehama County, Evergreen Elementary School’s students are 61 percent low-income. School leaders decided its greatest need was to improve school-wide math scores, especially for foster youth, pupils with disabilities, and low-income students. Via a rigorous school-wide mission featuring data-focused teaching (targeting each individual student with the skills and practice that he/she needs based on data) and mathematical literacy assessments four times a year, Evergreen Elementary increased its CAASPP math scores across by 15 percent from 2015 to 2017.

  • Loma Verde Elementary School, Chula Vista Elementary School District: Located only six miles from the border to Mexico, English learners make up the majority of this school’s population, and 77 percent of students are categorized as low-income students. Through implementing a “Guided Language Acquisition Design Model” emphasizing language-learning chants, collaborative discussions, and inquiry-based learning, the school raised its CAASPP scores over a two-year period. English learners improved CAASPP scores by 24 percent for math and 23 percent for English over two years. And low-income students increased scores by 24 percent in English and 19 percent in math over two years.

  • Avalon Elementary School, Val Verde Unified School District: This diverse suburban school created a program to improve school climate. Its program used a school-wide token system to reward exemplary behavior, held events for those who met behavior expectancies, and defined behavioral expectations which were reinforced with weekly social skills lessons. The school has decreased suspensions over a five-year period (2011 to 2016) from 50 to 6, and decreased its total count of reported student incidents from 110 to 55. This has also correlated to an increase in test scores for the past three years.
In addition, this year California will also recognize exemplary districts that have made a positive impact on student outcomes. These California Exemplary Districts, the Distinguished Schools, National Title I Distinguished Schools, Green Ribbon Schools, Civic Learning Award Schools, and National Blue Ribbon Schools from 2017, will be honored in May during a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The following day, educators from these schools will share their expertise and resources during a professional development day. For more information, please visit the California Distinguished Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s website.

2018 California Distinguished Schools

County District School

Alameda

Alameda Unified

Amelia Earhart Elementary

Alameda

Alameda Unified

Bay Farm

Alameda

Berkeley Unified

Emerson Elementary

Alameda

Castro Valley Unified

Independent Elementary

Alameda

Castro Valley Unified

Proctor Elementary

Alameda

Dublin Unified

John Green Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

Ardenwood Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

Forest Park Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

John Gomes Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

Joseph Azevada Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

Mission San Jose Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

Mission Valley Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

O. N. Hirsch Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

Warm Springs Elementary

Alameda

Fremont Unified

Warwick Elementary

Alameda

Hayward Unified

Southgate Elementary

Alameda

Oakland Unified

Cleveland Elementary

Alameda

Pleasanton Unified

Fairlands Elementary

Alameda

Pleasanton Unified

Lydiksen Elementary

Alameda

Pleasanton Unified

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary

Alameda

San Leandro Unified

Madison Elementary

Contra Costa

Orinda Union Elementary

Del Rey Elementary

Contra Costa

Orinda Union Elementary

Glorietta Elementary

Contra Costa

Orinda Union Elementary

Wagner Ranch Elementary

Contra Costa

San Ramon Valley Unified

Bollinger Canyon Elementary

Contra Costa

San Ramon Valley Unified

Coyote Creek Elementary

Contra Costa

San Ramon Valley Unified

Rancho Romero Elementary

Contra Costa

West Contra Costa Unified

Kensington Elementary

El Dorado

Buckeye Union Elementary

Oak Meadow Elementary

El Dorado

Rescue Union Elementary

Lakeview Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Fancher Creek Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Gettysburg Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

James S. Fugman Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Jefferson Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Liberty Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Lincoln Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Mickey Cox Elementary

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Woods (Harold L.) Elementary

Fresno

Fresno Unified

Forkner Elementary

Fresno

Fresno Unified

Manchester Gate

Fresno

Fresno Unified

Morris E. Dailey Charter Elementary

Fresno

Kings Canyon Joint Unified

Riverview Elementary

Fresno

Sanger Unified

Lone Star Elementary

Humboldt

Arcata Elementary

Union Street Charter

Imperial

Holtville Unified

Emmett S. Finley Elementary

Imperial

Imperial Unified

Ben Hulse Elementary

Kern

Bakersfield City

Cesar E. Chavez Elementary

Kern

Greenfield Union

Granite Pointe Elementary

Kern

Panama-Buena Vista Union

Berkshire Elementary

Kings

Hanford Elementary

Jefferson Charter Academy

Kings

Hanford Elementary

Joseph M. Simas

Los Angeles

ABC Unified

Cerritos Elementary

Los Angeles

ABC Unified

Elliott (William F) Elementary

Los Angeles

ABC Unified

Gonsalves (Joe A.) Elementary

Los Angeles

ABC Unified

Leal (Frank C.) Elementary

Los Angeles

Alhambra Unified

Marguerita Elementary

Los Angeles

Alhambra Unified

Park Elementary

Los Angeles

Arcadia Unified

Holly Avenue Elementary

Los Angeles

Arcadia Unified

Longley Way Elementary

Los Angeles

Baldwin Park Unified

Kenmore Elementary

Los Angeles Beverly Hills Unified El Rodeo School

Los Angeles

Bonita Unified

Arma J. Shull Elementary

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

Walt Disney Elementary

Los Angeles

Claremont Unified

Vista del Valle Elementary

Los Angeles

Covina-Valley Unified

Ben Lomond Elementary

Los Angeles

Culver City Unified

Farragut Elementary

Los Angeles

East Whittier City Elementary

Ceres Elementary

Los Angeles

El Monte City

Cleminson Elementary

Los Angeles

Garvey Elementary

Monterey Vista Elementary

Los Angeles

Glendale Unified

Horace Mann Elementary

Los Angeles

Glendale Unified

Monte Vista Elementary

Los Angeles

Glendale Unified

R. D. White Elementary

Los Angeles

Hacienda la Puente Unified

Mesa Robles

Los Angeles

Hawthorne

Jefferson

Los Angeles

Hermosa Beach City Elementary

Hermosa Valley Elementary

Los Angeles

Little Lake City Elementary

Jersey Avenue Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Alvarado Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Los Cerritos Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Lowell Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Madison Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Naples Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Riley Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Signal Hill Elementary

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified

Tincher Preparatory

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Ararat Charter

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Brainard Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Broadway Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Carpenter Community Charter

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Castlebay Lane Charter

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Chandler Learning Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Clifford Street Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Colfax Charter Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Delevan Drive Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Magnet Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Gabriella Charter

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Hamlin Charter Academy

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Harding Street Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

KIPP Comienza Community Prep

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Mayall Street Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Porter Ranch Community

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Stagg Street Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Superior Street Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Warner Avenue Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Street Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Nietos

Ada S. Nelson Elementary

Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach Unified

Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary

Los Angeles

Montebello Unified

Potrero Heights Elementary

Los Angeles

Newhall

Meadows Elementary

Los Angeles

Newhall

Pico Canyon Elementary

Los Angeles

Newhall

Stevenson Ranch Elementary

Los Angeles

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified

Escalona Elementary

Los Angeles

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified

Julia B. Morrison Elementary

Los Angeles

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified

Vista Grande Elementary

Los Angeles

Pasadena Unified

Field (Eugene) Elementary

Los Angeles

Pasadena Unified

Hamilton Elementary

Los Angeles

Redondo Beach Unified

Alta Vista Elementary

Los Angeles

Redondo Beach Unified

Birney Elementary

Los Angeles

Rosemead Elementary

Savannah Elementary

Los Angeles

Rowland Unified

Killian Elementary

Los Angeles

San Marino Unified

Carver Elementary

Los Angeles

San Marino Unified

Valentine Elementary

Los Angeles

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

Edison Elementary

Los Angeles

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified

Grant Elementary

Los Angeles

South Pasadena Unified

Arroyo Vista Elementary

Los Angeles

South Pasadena Unified

Monterey Hills Elementary

Los Angeles

Sulphur Springs Union

Valley View Community Elementary

Los Angeles

Temple City Unified

La Rosa Elementary

Los Angeles

Valle Lindo Elementary

New Temple

Los Angeles

West Covina Unified

San Jose Charter Academy

Los Angeles

Westside Union Elementary

Gregg Anderson Academy

Los Angeles

Wiseburn Unified

Peter Burnett Elementary

Marin

Ross Elementary

Ross Elementary

Marin

Ross Valley Elementary

Wade Thomas Elementary

Merced

Atwater Elementary

Elmer Wood Elementary

Nevada

Clear Creek Elementary

Clear Creek Elementary

Orange

Capistrano Unified

Chaparral Elementary

Orange

Capistrano Unified

Don Juan Avila Elementary

Orange

Capistrano Unified

Ladera Ranch Elementary

Orange

Capistrano Unified

Oxford Preparatory Academy - South Orange County

Orange

Capistrano Unified

Wagon Wheel Elementary

Orange

Centralia Elementary

Glen H. Dysinger Sr. Elementary

Orange

Centralia Elementary

Los Coyotes Elementary

Orange

Cypress Elementary

Margaret Landell Elementary

Orange

Fountain Valley Elementary

Courreges (Roch) Elementary

Orange

Fountain Valley Elementary

Newland (William T.) Elementary

Orange

Fullerton Elementary

Acacia Elementary

Orange

Fullerton Elementary

Robert C. Fisler Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

A. J. Cook Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Earl Warren Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Ethan B. Allen Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Ethel M. Evans Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Faylane Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

John Murdy Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Louis G. Zeyen Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Patton Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Rosita Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Stanford Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Thomas Paine Elementary

Orange

Irvine Unified

Brywood Elementary

Orange

Irvine Unified

Deerfield Elementary

Orange

Irvine Unified

Plaza Vista

Orange

Irvine Unified

Turtle Rock Elementary

Orange

Los Alamitos Unified

Jack L. Weaver Elementary

Orange

Los Alamitos Unified

Richard Henry Lee Elementary

Orange

Los Alamitos Unified

Rossmoor Elementary

Orange

Newport-Mesa Unified

Newport Coast Elementary

Orange

Newport-Mesa Unified

Sonora Elementary

Orange

Ocean View

Circle View Elementary

Orange

Ocean View

Star View Elementary

Orange

Orange Unified

Crescent Elementary

Orange

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified

Glenknoll Elementary

Orange

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified

Golden Elementary

Orange

Santa Ana Unified

El Sol Santa Ana Science and Arts Academy

Orange

Santa Ana Unified

Jim Thorpe Fundamental

Orange

Santa Ana Unified

John Muir Fundamental Elementary

Orange

Tustin Unified

Orchard Hills

Orange

Tustin Unified

Tustin Memorial Elementary

Orange

Westminster

Sequoia Elementary

Riverside

Alvord Unified

Lake Hills Elementary

Riverside

Corona-Norco Unified

Temescal Valley Elementary

Riverside

Desert Sands Unified

James Monroe Elementary

Riverside

Desert Sands Unified

Martin Van Buren Elementary

Riverside

Jurupa Unified

Camino Real Elementary

Riverside

Murrieta Valley Unified

Alta Murrieta Elementary

Riverside

Murrieta Valley Unified

Daniel N. Buchanan Elementary

Riverside

Murrieta Valley Unified

E. Hale Curran Elementary

Riverside

Palm Springs Unified

Cielo Vista Charter

Riverside

Val Verde Unified

Avalon Elementary

Riverside

Val Verde Unified

May Ranch Elementary

Sacramento

Elk Grove Unified

Roy Herburger Elementary

Sacramento

Folsom-Cordova Unified

Russell Ranch Elementary

Sacramento

Galt Joint Union Elementary

River Oaks Elementary

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

Camellia Elementary

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

William Land Elementary

San Bernardino

Alta Loma Elementary

Alta Loma Elementary

San Bernardino

Alta Loma Elementary

Deer Canyon Elementary

San Bernardino

Chino Valley Unified

Chaparral Elementary

San Bernardino

Chino Valley Unified

Country Springs Elementary

San Bernardino

Etiwanda Elementary

Perdew Elementary

San Bernardino

Etiwanda Elementary

Terra Vista Elementary

San Bernardino

Fontana Unified

Dorothy Grant Elementary

San Bernardino

Morongo Unified

Condor Elementary

San Bernardino

Redlands Unified

Bryn Mawr Elementary

San Bernardino

Redlands Unified

Mission Elementary

San Bernardino

Rialto Unified

Trapp Elementary

San Bernardino

Victor Elementary

Endeavour School of Exploration

San Bernardino

Victor Elementary

West Palms Conservatory

San Diego

Cajon Valley Union

Bostonia Language Academy

San Diego

Cardiff Elementary

Ada W. Harris Elementary

San Diego

Carlsbad Unified

Aviara Oaks Elementary

San Diego

Carlsbad Unified

Pacific Rim Elementary

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary

Cook (Hazel Goes) Elementary

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary

Loma Verde Elementary

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary

Veterans Elementary

San Diego

Fallbrook Union Elementary

San Onofre Elementary

San Diego

Poway Unified

Monterey Ridge Elementary

San Diego

Poway Unified

Park Village Elementary

San Diego

Poway Unified

Willow Grove Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Barnard Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Benchley/Weinberger Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Chesterton Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Edison Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Elevate Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Gage Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Garfield Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Green Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Hancock Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Holmes Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Jerabek Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

La Jolla Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Miller Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Miramar Ranch Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Sessions Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Toler Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Nye Elementary

San Diego

San Marcos Unified

San Elijo Elementary

San Diego

San Ysidro Elementary

Ocean View Hills

San Diego

Solana Beach Elementary

Skyline Elementary

San Diego

Solana Beach Elementary

Solana Pacific Elementary

San Diego

Vista Unified

Empresa Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Chin (John Yehall) Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Lawton Alternative Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Lilienthal (Claire) Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Peabody (George) Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Sloat (Commodore) Elementary

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Ulloa Elementary

San Joaquin

Lodi Unified

Elkhorn

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Coastal Unified

Del Mar Elementary

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Coastal Unified

Teach Elementary

San Mateo

Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary

Cipriani Elementary

San Mateo

Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary

Sandpiper Elementary

San Mateo

Burlingame Elementary

Lincoln Elementary

San Mateo

Hillsborough City Elementary

North Hillsborough

San Mateo

Menlo Park City Elementary

Encinal Elementary

San Mateo

San Mateo-Foster City

College Park Elementary

Santa Barbara

Goleta Union Elementary

Foothill Elementary

Santa Barbara

Goleta Union Elementary

Kellogg Elementary

Santa Barbara

Montecito Union Elementary

Montecito Union

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Unified

Adams Elementary

Santa Clara

Campbell Union

Forest Hill Elementary

Santa Clara

Campbell Union

Marshall Lane Elementary

Santa Clara

Cupertino Union

C. B. Eaton Elementary

Santa Clara

Evergreen Elementary

Carolyn A. Clark Elementary

Santa Clara

Evergreen Elementary

Tom Matsumoto Elementary

Santa Clara

Franklin-McKinley Elementary

Alpha: Cornerstone Academy Preparatory

Santa Clara

Gilroy Unified

Rod Kelley Elementary

Santa Clara

Los Altos Elementary

Gardner Bullis Elementary

Santa Clara

Los Gatos Union Elementary

Louise Van Meter Elementary

Santa Clara

Mountain View Whisman

Benjamin Bubb Elementary

Santa Clara

Mountain View Whisman

Frank L. Huff Elementary

Santa Clara

San Jose Unified

Simonds Elementary

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Unified

Washington Elementary

Santa Clara

Sunnyvale

Cumberland Elementary

Santa Clara

Union Elementary

Alta Vista Elementary

Santa Clara

Union Elementary

Guadalupe Elementary

Santa Clara

Union Elementary

Oster Elementary

Santa Cruz

Live Oak Elementary

Live Oak Elementary

Sonoma

Geyserville Unified

Geyserville Elementary

Sonoma

Liberty Elementary

Liberty Elementary

Tehama

Evergreen Union

Evergreen Elementary

Trinity

Junction City Elementary

Junction City Elementary

Tulare

Visalia Unified

Manuel F. Hernandez

Ventura

Conejo Valley Unified

Sycamore Canyon

Ventura

Moorpark Unified

Walnut Canyon Elementary

Ventura

Oak Park Unified

Oak Hills Elementary

Yolo

Davis Joint Unified

Pioneer Elementary

Yuba

Marysville Joint Unified

Covillaud Elementary

2018 Exemplary School Districts

County District Awardee

Alameda

Castro Valley Unified School District

Fresno Sanger Unified School District

Imperial

Holtville Unified School District

Kern

Bakersfield City School District

Kings

Hanford Elementary School District

Los Angeles

ABC Unified School District

Marin

Ross Elementary School District

Merced

Atwater Elementary School District

Nevada

Clear Creek Elementary School District

Orange

Garden Grove Unified School District

Riverside

Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Sacramento

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District

San Bernardino

Etiwanda School District

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary School District

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified School District

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Coastal Unified School District

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Santa Clara

Evergreen School District

Santa Cruz

Live Oak Elementary School District

Tehama

Evergreen Union School District

Trinity

Junction City Elementary School District

Ventura

Oak Park Unified School District

Yolo

Davis Joint Unified School District

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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