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 California Distinguished Schools Include 17 in San Diego County

Seventeen San Diego County elementary schools being honored under the 2020 California Distinguished Schools Award Program. Sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty, 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."

A component of the California School Recognition Program, the Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.

Congratulations to:

  • Birney Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Casita Center for Science/Math/Technology (Vista Unified School District)
  • Crown Point Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Dingeman Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Eastlake Elementary (Chula Vista Elementary School District) 
  • Ericson Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Hancock Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Hawthorne Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Heritage Elementary (Chula Vista Elementary School District)
  • Jerabek Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Jonas Salk Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Lakeside Farms (Lakeside Union School District)
  • Maryland Avenue Elementary (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
  • PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue (Santee School District)
  • Rolando Park Elementary (San Diego Unified School District)
  • SD Global Vision Academy (San Diego Unified School District) 
  • Valle Lindo Elementary (Chula Vista Elementary School District) 


The 323 California Distinguished Schools, along with California Exemplary Arts Education Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, National Terrel H. Bell Awardees, and National ESEA Distinguished Schools, will be honored on Feb. 10 during an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.