State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today named 424 public elementary schools -- including three in the Los Alamitos Unified School District -- California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.
“I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson said. “This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support.”
The 2014 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students’ right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.
To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.
The process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process focused on the implementation of those signature practices.
Local schools on the list are:
- Francis Hopkinson Elementary
- J. H. McGaugh Elementary
- Jack L. Weaver Elementary