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Release: #20-01
January 7, 2020
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2020 California Exemplary Arts Education Awards

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced that 13 California elementary schools were selected for the California Exemplary Arts Education Award. Schools were eligible to apply based on instruction identified in the California Arts Standards for Public Schools (Arts Standards) and performance and progress on indicators on the California School Dashboard.

“We know that access to arts and STEAM is an important part of closing the achievement gap, and these Exemplary Arts schools put the ‘A’ in ‘STEAM,’” said Thurmond. “Congratulations to these 13 schools for supporting arts and STEAM education, which prepares students to be leaders in the creative economy.”

Schools recognized as Exemplary Arts Education Awardees represent a broad cross-section of educational delivery models, including traditional comprehensive elementary schools, magnet schools, and district and independent charters. These schools serve diverse demographic populations of varying sizes, from a 3,700-student urban school to a 250-student rural school. Some schools serve primarily Title I students from lower socio-economic circumstances and others serve suburban populations with strong district and community financial support.

In addition to meeting the Arts Standards and Dashboard eligibility criteria, to apply to be recognized as an Exemplary Arts Awardee, schools must offer instruction to all students in a minimum of three of the five arts disciplines identified in the Arts Standards: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. They must also show one level of improvement for at least one student subgroup in one of the following three areas based on the Dashboard: School Climate, in the area of Suspension Rate; Student Engagement, in the area of Chronic Absenteeism or Graduation Rate; Academic Achievement, in the area of English Language Arts, Mathematics, or College and Career Readiness.

These California Exemplary Arts Education Schools, along with California Distinguished Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, National Terrel H. Bell Awardees, and National ESEA Distinguished Schools, all will be honored on February 10, 2020, during an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. For more information, please visit the CDE California School Recognition Program web page.

2020 California Exemplary Arts Education Awards
County District School

Contra Costa

San Ramon Valley Unified

Coyote Creek Elementary

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

Joaquin Miller Elementary

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

William McKinley Elementary

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

Providencia Elementary

Los Angeles

Burbank Unified

George Washington Elementary

Los Angeles

Compton Unified

McKinley Elementary


Monterey Peninsula Unified

Martin Luther King


La Habra City Elementary

Arbolita Elementary

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary

Finney (Myrtle S.) Elementary

Santa Barbara

Cold Spring Elementary

Cold Spring Elementary

Santa Barbara

Lompoc Unified

Los Berros Visual and Performing Arts Academy


Fairfield-Suisun Unified

Oakbrook Elementary


Ventura County Office of Education

Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary


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

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