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 California Distinguished Schools Include Nine in County

Nine San Diego County middle and high schools are being honored under the 2021 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."

Sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty, 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:

  • Normal L. Sullivan (Bonsall Unified School District)
  • Black Mountain Middle (Poway Unified School District)
  • Literacy First (San Diego County Office of Education)
  • Challenger Middle (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Lewis Middle (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Magnolia Science Academy San Diego (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Marshall Middle School (San Diego Unified School District)
  • Preuss School UCSD (San Diego Unified District)
  • Diegueno Middle (San Dieguito Union High School District)

Across the state, more than 100 schools are being honored through the 2021 California Distinguished Schools Program.

"These schools are great examples of California's commitment to provide outstanding public education for all students, and their data-driven efforts have helped ensure that their students leave with the tools and skills they need to be successful after graduation," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said. "Our thanks go to the entire communities surrounding these schools, including the teachers, administrators, and classified employees as well as the students and their families who, through teamwork, all accomplished this impressive achievement together."

Distinguished Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful, data-driven school efforts ranging from professional development to positive behavior intervention.

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