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Five Local Elementaries Deemed 'Distinguished' Schools

Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
From a press release from state Superintendent for Public Instruction:

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today named 424 public elementary schools -- including five in the Capistrano Unified School District -- California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.

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

The 2014 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students’ right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.

To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.             

The process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process focused on the implementation of those signature practices.

Local schools on the list are:

  • Bathgate Elementary, Mission Viejo
  • Chaparral Elementary, Ladera Ranch
  • Don Juan Avila Elementary, Aliso Viejo
  • Oxford Preparatory Academy - South Orange (district-wide, based in Mission Viejo)
  • Vista del Mar Elementary, San Clemente
Kenny Strawn April 30, 2014 at 05:39 PM
SVUSD schools have indeed been awarded CDS awards in previous years... just not this year. When they're awarded, they're kept.
Penny Arévalo April 30, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Patti, this article is a CUSD article (shared among the Patch sites that have CUSD schools -- some of which also have SVUSD schools). However, Kenny is right. No designations for SVUSD this year (otherwise, there'd be a separate article).
Brainwashed_In_Church May 01, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Homes in CUSD just increased in value 0.69%.
Patti Bout May 01, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Thanks Penny. I didn't realize that this was a CUSD only article as the blurb at the top said it was from a press release from the State.
Penny Arévalo May 01, 2014 at 12:43 PM
I tailored the press release for several Patches throughout my territory in Orange County and Los Angeles. You get a much broader perspective looking at a larger region. Again, no SVUSD-specific story because I didn't have anything to highlight there.

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