Twenty-five Santa Clara County schools were named California Distinguished Schools for 2014, “for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday.
For the complete list of California Distinguished Schools, visit the 2014 Distinguished Elementary Schools Web page.
"I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success," Torlakson adds. "This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support."
Campbell Union - Rosemary Elementary
Campbell Union - Village School
Cupertino Union - Blue Hills Elementary
Cupertino Union - Dilworth Elementary
Cupertino Union - Faria A+ Elementary
Cupertino Union - Garden Gate Elementary
Cupertino Union - Louis E. Stocklmeir Elementary
Cupertino Union - Montclaire Elementary
Evergreen Elementary -James Franklin Smith Elementary
Evergreen Elementary -Tom Matsumoto Elementary
Franklin-McKinley Elementary -Cornerstone Academy Preparatory
Franklin-McKinley Elementary -Stonegate Elementary
Los Altos Elementary -Covington Elementary
Los Gatos Union Elementary -Blossom Hill Elementary
Los Gatos Union Elementary -Louise Van Meter Elementary
Milpitas Unified -John Sinnott Elementary
Moreland -George C. Payne Elementary
Mountain View Whisman - Frank L. Huff Elementary
Mountain View Whisman - Monta Loma Elementary
San Jose Unified -Los Alamitos Elementary
Santa Clara County Office of Education - Bullis Charter*
Sunnyvale - Cherry Chase Elementary
Union Elementary - Alta Vista Elementary
Union Elementary - Carlton Elementary
Union Elementary - Oster Elementary
The program recognizes elementary and secondary schools in alternating years.
Distinguished Schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including designated federal and state accountability measures, and they must provide an in-depth description of two Signature Practices that their staff members believe have contributed to the success of their students.
Following the acceptance of their application, each school receives a site visit by a team of local educators to validate the full implementation of the Signature Practices described in the application.
Distinguished Schools are honored at regional award ceremonies, where the state superintendent of California Public Instruction presents each school with a 2014 Distinguished School plaque and flag. The events and awards are funded by donations from many California corporations and statewide-educational organizations.
For more information about the Distinguished School program, visit their website.