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Release: #18-34
April 27, 2018
Contact: Robert Oakes
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Arts Education and Physical Activity and Nutrition Exemplary Awards

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced additional honors for California Distinguished elementary schools selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education or Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Distinguished schools applied separately for these honors. Honors went to 12 schools for Arts Education, and eight for Physical Activity and Nutrition.

“We know that school offerings outside of core academic subject areas—in addition to sparking creative minds and producing healthy bodies—keep students engaged in school, connected, and on the path to graduation and 21st century careers and college. I congratulate these 20 Distinguished Schools for their outstanding work.”

The Exemplary Program Awards were created in 2013 to celebrate schools carrying out the goals in Torlakson’s report, A Blueprint for Great Schools (PDF) which provided vision and direction for the California education system. That report was updated in 2015 with A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0.(PDF)

More information on Exemplary Program Awards is available at the California Distinguished Schools Program Web page on the California Department of Education’s Web site.           

The 2018 Distinguished Schools as well as the 2018 Exemplary Program recipients, 2017 National Title I Distinguished Schools, 2018 Green Ribbon Schools, 2018 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored next week during recognition ceremonies at the Disneyland Hotel.

2018 Exemplary Program Awards

* ARTS = Exemplary Arts Education Program Award
* PAN = Exemplary Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Program Award

County District School Award Type

Humboldt

Arcata Elementary

Union Street Charter

ARTS

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

Walt Disney Elementary School

ARTS

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Gabriella Charter School

ARTS

Los Angeles

Pasadena Unified

Alexander Hamilton Elementary

ARTS

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Carpenter Community Charter

ARTS

Los Angeles

Beverly Hills Unified

El Rodeo School

ARTS

Los Angeles

Covina-Valley Unified

Ben Lomond Elementary

PAN

Los Angeles

Hermosa Beach City Elementary

Hermosa Valley Elementary

PAN

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Warner Avenue Elementary

PAN

Los Angeles

Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified

Vista Grande Elementary

PAN

Orange

Westminster

Sequoia Academy GATE Magnet Elementary

ARTS

Orange

Newport-Mesa Unified

Newport Coast Elementary School

ARTS

Orange

Tustin Unified

Tustin Memorial Elementary

PAN

Riverside

Desert Sands Unified

James Monroe Elementary

PAN

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

William Land Elementary School

ARTS

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Sloat (Commodore) Elementary

ARTS

San Mateo

Menlo Park City Elementary

Encinal Elementary School

ARTS

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Unified

Washington Elementary

ARTS

Santa Cruz

Live Oak Elementary

Live Oak Elementary

PAN

Ventura

Oak Park Unified

Oak Hills Elementary

PAN

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

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
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