The California Department of Education recently selected the San Diego County Office of Education’s Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) for the California Exemplary Arts Education Award.
JCCS is one of only 33 schools across the state to earn this award and the first juvenile court and community school program to receive it.
The recognition is for schools that engage students in quality arts education that meet state arts standards, demonstrate progress on indicators on the California School Dashboard, and offer sequenced instruction to all students in at least three arts disciplines.
JCCS’s partnerships with multiple community arts organizations, specifically David’s Harp Foundation, to offer a variety of arts program to students was among the reasons JCCS was recognized. David’s Harp helps at-risk youth achieve academic success through music education, sound engineering, and multimedia production.
“We are honored to receive an award of this caliber, recognizing the outstanding work the JCCS team has done to connect with arts partners and deliver high-quality arts education to our students,” said Tracy Thompson, JCCS executive director. “Our work is not only about providing access to visual and performing arts but also taking a student’s passion for art and developing it into a set of skills they can use to pursue a job or career, and connecting them to living-wage jobs.”
The California Exemplary Arts Education Schools, along with California Distinguished Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, and recipients of California Department of Education (CDE) recognition programs, will be honored virtually later this year.
“This year has been especially challenging for our students and schools, but I commend these schools for recognizing that this is a time when the arts are more critical than ever,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
For more information, visit the CDE California School Recognition Program web page.