Five schools in Santa Barbara County have been named as 2020 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education.
State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond made the announcement on Wednesday, with the local honorees being Aliso Elementary School in the Carpinteria Unified School District, College School in the College School District, Kellogg Elementary School in the Goleta Union School District, Franklin Elementary School in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and Solvang Elementary School in the Solvang School District.
The Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates and conditions and climate.
Elementary and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years, so the awardees with hold the title for two years.
“We are proud of the exceptional education programs and practices at these school sites. This award highlights their outstanding work, and we are thrilled their work resulted in this recognition,” Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido said in a news release.
Each year, two of the awardees are also eligible to be recognized as a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act Distinguished Schools Awardee. The 2020 California School Recognition Program awards ceremony will take place Feb. 10 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
To view a list of previous Distinguished Schools in Santa Barbara County, visit teacherprograms.sbceo.org and click on the “Awards” tab.