California High School and Los Cerros, Pine Valley and Windemere Ranch middle schools have received California Distinguished School status from the California Department of Education, classifying them as among the highest quality schools in the state.
“I commend the students, teachers, staff and administrators at our San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools for their work in closing the achievement gap and improving academic performance,” SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt said in a statement. “At each of the schools, community works together to build positive school climates where students can personally and academically succeed. It is great to see their hard work reaffirmed with this honor.”
In order to qualify for distinguished status, schools were judged on performance indicators described on the California School Dashboard such as test scores, suspension rates and graduation rates. Schools were graded on these indicators for achieving exceptional performance for two consecutive years, or closing achievement gaps also over a two-year period.
A component of the California School Recognition Program, according to the California Department of Education, distinguished schools possess excellent teaching, learning and collaboration. They are also recognized for creating successful school climates that foster positive behavior intervention and effective real-time conflict resolution.
These schools were accompanied by 158 other middle and high schools throughout the state, who were honored in an announcement by recently elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
“I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance,” Thurmond said in a statement. “Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.”
The state program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply once every two years. In 2018 Bollinger Canyon, Coyote Creek and Rancho Romero elementary schools received distinguished school status.