Twenty-one schools served by nine San Diego County school districts have been selected for the 2023 California Distinguished Schools Awards, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced.
The state Department of Education designated more than 350 elementary schools for the program, which this year temporarily suspended reporting of data used to select schools after the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Distinguished Schools Award, created in 1985, honors exceptional schools, districts, teachers and graduate staff for their success in supporting students.
To evaluate schools, the state’s Department of Education uses a number of measures, including data reported through the 2022 California School Dashboard, which assesses test scores, absenteeism, suspension rates and socioeconomic data. Information on the 2022 Dashboard is available at bit.ly/3CIT43x.
Schools were recognized for their excellence in addressing achievement inequality or for the exceptional performance of their students. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are awarded in alternate years.
“I am delighted to honor and recognize these 356 elementary schools for providing exceptional public education and opportunities to students. Their innovation and hard work have helped ensure that their students continue to improve even in the most difficult of times. , can improve and develop.” Thurmond said in a statement. “California’s iconic schools not only represent examples of excellent teaching, learning and collaboration, but also highly successful, from professional development for teachers to mental health and social-emotional wellness strategies to meet the needs of students and families. Data-driven schools try that too.
San Diego County school districts whose schools have been honored:
Del Mar Union Elementary School District: Ocean Air Elementary, Sage Canyon Elementary, Ashley Falls Elementary, Sycamore Ridge Elementary, Carmel Del Mar Elementary
Encinitas Union Elementary School District: El Camino Creek Elementary, Capri Elementary
Escondido Union Elementary School District: Classical Academy, Heritage K-8 Charter
Julian Union Elementary School District: Julian Charter School – Mountain Oaks (in Encinitas)
Mountain Empire Unified School District: Elite Academic Academy – Mountain Empire (N Temecula)
San Diego County Office of Education: Classical Academy Vista
San Diego Unified School District: Scripps Elementary, Mount Everest Academy, Innovation Academy
Solana Beach School District: Carmel Creek Elementary, Solana Highlands Elementary, Solana Pacific Elementary, Skyline Elementary, Solana Ranch Elementary
Warner Unified School District: Excel Academy Charter (Ann Irwin)