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Release: #24-13
March 13, 2024
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces the 2024 California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced that nine California schools were selected for the California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award. This award program identifies and recognizes schools with exemplary dual enrollment programs and allows these schools to share the exemplary programs and practices that have contributed to their success. All Early College High Schools, Middle College High Schools, and alternative education schools with dual enrollment programs were eligible to apply for the 2024–25 award.

“These programs are a beacon of excellence and equitable opportunity in California’s public schools,” said Superintendent Thurmond. “Dual enrollment programs provide a unique option for public high school students who seek to accelerate their achievement, launch their careers, and access a high-quality free college education even before they walk the high school graduation stage.”

Awardees had to demonstrate excellence in several areas of program focus. Applicants had to demonstrate and provide evidence of strong, collaborative relationships among the high school, the college, families, community members, and industry partners. They also had to demonstrate and provide evidence of equity, integration of college and district plans and frameworks, dual credit for high school graduation, outcome data, pathways, and student supports.

Schools receiving the California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award will hold the title for two years. Read more at the California Department of Education California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award web page.

2024 Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award Schools

County District/County Office of Education School College Partner


Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District

Firebaugh High

West Hills Community College Coalinga


Kern County Office of Education

Wonderful College Prep Academy - Delano

Bakersfield College


Kern County Office of Education

Wonderful College Prep Academy – Lost Hills

Bakersfield College

Los Angeles

Antelope Valley Union High School District


Antelope Valley College


Nevada Joint Union High School District

William and Marian Ghidotti Early College High School

Sierra Community College


Huntington Beach Union High School District

Valley Vista High

Orange Coast College

Coastline College

Golden West College

San Bernardino

San Bernardino City Unified School District

Middle College High School

San Bernardino Valley College

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Unified School District

Mission Early College High School

Mission College


Oxnard Union High School District

Oxnard Middle College High School

Oxnard College

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

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 13, 2024
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