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Two Alhambra Unified schools — Park Elementary and Marguerita Elementary — won the prestigious 2018 California Distinguished School honors given by the California State Board of Education.
Only 5% of California public schools are designated a California Distinguished School, an honor given to those that represent exemplary and quality educational programs. The program returns after a three-year hiatus, and 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,” said State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators, and classified employees, working together with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”
Sponsored by California Casualty, the 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students.
California uses a multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the California School Dashboard, https://www.caschooldashboard.org.
Eligible kindergarten through eighth schools were selected based on their performance and progress on those state indicators, which include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress.
“We are so proud of our Park and Marguerita teachers, classified staff, and administrators who truly go above and beyond for their students,” said Alhambra School District Superintendent Denise Jaramillo. “This honor reflects their inspiring team effort and commitment.”
“Beautiful collaboration with the whole Park School family is the secret to winning such a special award,” said Lestette Wendy Molina Solis, Park Elementary School principal. “Excellent results are always a reflection of the work of everyone on campus. Our teachers, classified staff, and parents are heroes.”
“To achieve this prestigious recognition is a tribute to everyone in the Marguerita school community who joined together to create the best possible outcomes for our students,” said Marguerita Elementary School Principal Teresa Johnson. “It is my privilege to work with our team.”
Park and Marguerita were also eligible to apply for a California Exemplary Program Award in Arts Education, and Physical Activity and Nutrition Education, which will be announced at a later date.