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Four SRVUSD Schools Achieve California Distinguished School Status
Posted 2/26/19




The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is honored to have four schools named as 2019 California Distinguished Schools. California High, Los Cerros Middle, Pine Valley Middle and Windemere Ranch Middle have each received this acclaimed recognition from the State.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced on Monday, February 25, 2019, that 162 middle and high schools were honored under the 2019 Distinguished Schools Program. Sponsored by the California Department of Education and California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years.


“I commend the students, teachers, staff and administrators at our San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools for their work in closing the achievement gap and improving academic performance,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said. “At each of the schools, community works together to build positive school climates where students can personally and academically succeed. It is great to see their hard work reaffirmed with this honor.”


A component of the California School Recognition Program, the Distinguished Schools program was on a three-year pause while California transitioned to its new assessment and accountability system. From 2015 to 2017, California recognized schools that demonstrated exemplary achievements with the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. The Distinguished Schools program returned last year. It recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply once every two years. Schools recognized as awardees hold the title for two years.


“I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance,” Thurmond said. “Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.”


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 graduation rates. Schools were also eligible to apply for a California Exemplary Program Award in Arts Education, Physical Activity and Nutrition Education, or Career Technical Education—which will be announced at a later time.


Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention. Click on the link below for a complete list of 2019 California Distinguished Schools.


Complete list of recognized schools.


For more information, please visit the California Distinguished Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s website.