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San Diego County Elementary Schools Recognized by State as Distinguished

San Diego County Elementary Schools Recognized by State as Distinguished

Twenty-one San Diego County elementary schools are being honored under the 2023 California Distinguished Schools Award Program.

The program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for closing the achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance. 

"These schools are doing a tremendous job of providing children with the supports and opportunities they need and deserve to achieve their fullest academic and social potential," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "We can all learn from the work they're doing to help their students thrive."

The exceptional elementary schools recognized this year are illustrative of the hard work, dedication, and resilience shown by educators and schools across the state after communities struggled for multiple years with urgent effects to physical and mental health and unprecedented challenges to delivering education.

To select California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) uses multiple measures to identify eligible schools based on their performance on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.

Congratulations to:

  • Ocean Air Elementary (Del Mar Union School District)
  • Sage Canyon Elementary (Del Mar Union School District)
  • Ashley Falls Elementary (Del Mar Union School District)
  • Sycamore Ridge School (Del Mar Union School District)
  • Carmel Del Mar Elementary (Del Mar Union School District)
  • El Camino Creek Elementary (Encinitas Union School District)
  • Capri Elementary (Encinitas Union School District)
  • Classical Academy (Escondido Union School District)
  • Heritage K-8 Charter (Escondido Union School District)
  • JCS - Mountain Oaks (Julian Union Elementary School District)
  • Elite Academic Academy - Mountain Empire (Mountain Empire Unified School District)
  • Classical Academy Vista (San Diego County Office of Education)
  • Scripps Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Mt. Everest Academy (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Innovations Academy (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Carmel Creek Elementary (Solana Beach School District)
  • Solana Highlands Elementary (Solana Beach School District)
  • Solana Pacific Elementary (Solana Beach School District)
  • Skyline Elementary (Solana Beach School District)
  • Solana Ranch Elementary (Solana Beach School District)
  • Excel Academy Charter (Warner Unified School District)

Across the state, more than 350 elementary schools are being honored through the 2023 California Distinguished Schools Program.

"Their innovation and hard work have helped to ensure their students can heal, recover, and thrive—even in the toughest times,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “California Distinguished Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful, data-driven school efforts ranging from professional development for educators to mental health and social-emotional wellness strategies to address the needs of students and families.”

For more information and a full list of distinguished schools, please visit the CDE California Distinguished Schools webpage.

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