Two South Pasadena campuses have received the lofty honor of being recipients of the California Distinguished School Award.
On the latest list are Monterey Hills and Arroyo Vista elementary schools. After qualifying to apply for the award, representatives from both schools submitted applications and their acceptance was announced by SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz at this week’s Board of Education meeting.
“We’re very excited,” said Yantz. “The students, staff, parents, administrators at both those schools should be very proud. It’s well deserved. I’m very excited they are being recognized for the program.”
Over the year’s, all of South Pasadena’s public schools have earned the high distinction of earning the California Distinguished School Award.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 287 elementary schools were honored under the 2018 Distinguished Schools Program, which returns after a three-year break. It replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.
“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said in a statement. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”
California Distinguished Schools are recognized after making exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
Schools like Arroyo Vista and Monterey Hills that applied became eligible based on performance and progress on state educational indicators, including English learner progress, test score and suspension rates.