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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Additional 2021 California Distinguished Schools

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SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today named an additional 121 schools as 2021 California Distinguished Schools.  In an announcement on March 18, the California Department of Education (CDE) awarded the honor to 102 schools and today that list has been broadened to include 120 additional California senior high schools and one more middle school.

The California Department of Education (CDE) identifies and awards eligible schools based on performance and progress on state indicators specified on the California School Dashboard, the state’s accountability and continuous improvement system. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate. After a review of the data, CDE identified these additional schools for this year’s honor.

“These additional high schools join the ranks of all 2021 California Distinguished Schools who are being recognized for this distinction because of their exceptional record to provide for all students and their commitment to data-driven efforts that prepare students for college and career,” Thurmond said. “Our thanks go to the entire communities surrounding these schools, including the teachers, administrators, and classified employees as well as the students and their families who, through teamwork, all accomplished this impressive achievement together.”

Sponsored by the CDE and presented by California Casualty, the Distinguished Schools Program recognizes schools for their excellent work in one of two categories: closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years. The list of additional schools is attached at the end of this press release.

Distinguished Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful, data-driven school efforts ranging from professional development to positive behavior intervention.

To view the full list of 2021 California Distinguished Schools and for more program information, please visit the CDE California Distinguished Schools web page.


Additional 2021 California Distinguished Schools

AlamedaAlameda UnifiedAlameda High
AlamedaAlameda UnifiedAlameda Science and Technology Institute
AlamedaFremont UnifiedJohn F. Kennedy High
AlamedaNew Haven UnifiedJames Logan High
AlamedaOakland UnifiedOakland School for the Arts
AlamedaOakland UnifiedOakland Unity High
AlamedaPleasanton UnifiedAmador Valley High
AlamedaPleasanton UnifiedFoothill High
Contra CostaAcalanes Union HighAcalanes High
Contra CostaAcalanes Union HighCampolindo High
Contra CostaAcalanes Union HighMiramonte High
Contra CostaJohn Swett UnifiedJohn Swett High
Contra CostaSan Ramon Valley UnifiedCalifornia High
Contra CostaSan Ramon Valley UnifiedDougherty Valley High
Contra CostaSan Ramon Valley UnifiedMonte Vista High
Contra CostaWest Contra Costa UnifiedMiddle College High
FresnoClovis UnifiedClovis North High
FresnoFresno UnifiedDesign Science Middle College High
FresnoFresno UnifiedPhillip J Patino School of Entrepreneurship
FresnoFresno UnifiedUniversity High
FresnoKings Canyon Joint UnifiedReedley High
FresnoKings Canyon Joint UnifiedReedley Middle College High
Los AngelesABC UnifiedRichard Gahr High
Los AngelesAlhambra UnifiedMark Keppel High
Los AngelesAlhambra UnifiedSan Gabriel High
Los AngelesAntelope Valley Union HighSOAR High (Students On Academic Rise)
Los AngelesCovina-Valley UnifiedSouth Hills High
Los AngelesEl Segundo UnifiedEl Segundo High
Los AngelesGlendale UnifiedAnderson W. Clark Magnet High
Los AngelesHawthorneHawthorne Math and Science Academy
Los AngelesLawndale ElementaryEnvironmental Charter High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedAlliance Collins Family College-Ready High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedAlliance Leichtman-Levine Family Foundation Environmental Science High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedAlliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedAlliance Margaret M. Bloomfield Technology Academy High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedAlliance Tennenbaum Family Technology High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedDowntown Business High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedDr. Richard A. Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedEdnovate – USC Hybrid High College Prep
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedFrancisco Bravo Medical Magnet High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedGranada Hills Charter High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedGrover Cleveland Charter High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedHigh Tech LA
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedJohn Marshall Senior High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedLinda Esperanza Marquez High A Huntington Park Institute of Applied Medicine
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedLos Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedMath and Science College Preparatory
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedMath, Science, & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedOrthopaedic Hospital
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedPUC Lakeview Charter High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedSocial Justice Leadership Academy at Esteban E. Torres High No. 5
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedSTEM Academy at Bernstein High
Los AngelesLos Angeles UnifiedTaft Charter High
Los AngelesPalos Verdes Peninsula UnifiedPalos Verdes Peninsula High
Los AngelesRowland UnifiedJohn A. Rowland High
Los AngelesTorrance UnifiedNorth High
Los AngelesTorrance UnifiedSouth High
Los AngelesWhittier Union HighLa Serna High
Los AngelesWhittier Union HighPioneer High
Los AngelesWilliam S. Hart Union HighAcademy of the Canyons
Los AngelesWilliam S. Hart Union HighGolden Valley High
Los AngelesWilliam S. Hart Union HighWest Ranch High
Los AngelesWilliam S. Hart Union HighWilliam S. Hart High
Los AngelesWiseburn UnifiedDa Vinci Science
MarinTamalpais Union HighTamalpais High
MontereyCarmel UnifiedCarmel High
NevadaNevada Joint Union HighWilliam & Marian Ghidotti High
OrangeAnaheim Union HighJohn F. Kennedy High
OrangeCapistrano UnifiedAliso Niguel High
OrangeFullerton Joint Union HighTroy High
OrangeGarden Grove UnifiedLa Quinta High
OrangeIrvine UnifiedNorthwood High
OrangeIrvine UnifiedUniversity High
OrangeNewport-Mesa UnifiedEarly College High
OrangeOcean ViewVista View Middle
OrangeSanta Ana UnifiedMiddle College High
OrangeTustin UnifiedArnold O. Beckman High
PlacerRocklin UnifiedWhitney High
PlacerRoseville Joint Union HighAntelope High
PlacerRoseville Joint Union HighGranite Bay High
PlacerRoseville Joint Union HighOakmont High
RiversideAlvord UnifiedHillcrest High
RiversideCorona-Norco UnifiedJohn F. Kennedy High
RiversideDesert Sands UnifiedPalm Desert High
RiversideLake Elsinore UnifiedTemescal Canyon High
RiversidePerris Union HighPaloma Valley High
SacramentoElk Grove UnifiedPleasant Grove High
SacramentoFolsom-Cordova UnifiedFolsom High
SacramentoFolsom-Cordova UnifiedVista del Lago High
SacramentoNatomas UnifiedNatomas Pacific Pathways Prep
SacramentoSacramento City UnifiedWest Campus
San BernardinoFontana UnifiedSummit High
San BernardinoRedlands UnifiedRedlands Senior High
San BernardinoSan Bernardino City UnifiedMiddle College High
San DiegoCarlsbad UnifiedSage Creek High
San DiegoEscondido Union HighClassical Academy High
San DiegoSan Diego UnifiedKearny Digital Media & Design
San DiegoSan Diego UnifiedMira Mesa High
San DiegoSan Diego UnifiedScripps Ranch High
San DiegoSan Dieguito Union HighCanyon Crest Academy
San DiegoSan Dieguito Union HighTorrey Pines High
San DiegoSan Marcos UnifiedMission Hills High
San DiegoSweetwater Union HighHilltop Senior High
San DiegoVista UnifiedMission Vista High
San FranciscoSan Francisco UnifiedLowell High
San JoaquinStockton UnifiedHealth Careers Academy
San JoaquinStockton UnifiedStockton Early College Academy
San JoaquinTracy Joint UnifiedMerrill F. West High
San MateoSequoia Union HighCarlmont High
Santa ClaraCampbell Union HighBranham High
Santa ClaraEast Side Union HighEvergreen Valley High
Santa ClaraEast Side Union HighKIPP San Jose Collegiate
Santa ClaraFremont Union HighCupertino High
Santa ClaraFremont Union HighMonta Vista High
Santa CruzSanta Cruz County Office of EducationPacific Collegiate Charter
ShastaAnderson Union HighWest Valley High
SolanoFairfield-Suisun UnifiedAngelo Rodriguez High
SonomaCotati-Rohnert Park UnifiedCredo High
TulareTulare County Office of EducationUniversity Preparatory High
VenturaOak Park UnifiedOak Park High
VenturaOxnard Union HighRancho Campana High


The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s website. You may also follow Superintendent Thurmond on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.


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