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Four 'Distinguished Schools' Named In Santa Cruz County

Four Santa Cruz County schools were named California Distinguished Schools for 2014, “for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson this week.

For the complete list of California Distinguished Schools, visit the 2014 Distinguished Elementary Schools Web page. 

"I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success," Torlakson adds. "This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support." 

  • Happy Valley Elementary -Happy Valley Elementary
  • Santa Cruz Mountain Elementary - Mountain Elementary
  • Santa Cruz Pajaro Valley Unified - Valencia Elementary
  • Santa Cruz Scotts Valley Unified - Brook Knoll Elementary

The program recognizes elementary and secondary schools in alternating years.

Distinguished Schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including designated federal and state accountability measures, and they must provide an in-depth description of two Signature Practices that their staff members believe have contributed to the success of their students. 

Following the acceptance  of their application, each school receives a site visit by a team of local educators to validate the full implementation of the Signature Practices described in the application

Distinguished Schools are honored at regional award ceremonies, where the state superintendent of California Public Instruction presents each school with a 2014 Distinguished School plaque and flag. The events and awards are funded by donations from many California corporations and statewide-educational organizations. 

For more information about the Distinguished School program, visit their website.


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