San Marino and South Pasadena high schools today were named by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as a California Distinguished School for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.
In all, 218 public middle and high schools were designated as California Distinguished Schools, according to a news statement. Thirty-nine of the schools were in Los Angeles County.
“These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college,” Torlakson said.
“Given the enormous challenges schools have faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so many schools,â he said. âOur future depends on meeting the needs of every student no matter where they come from or where they live.”
Schools selected as California Distinguished Schools will be honored in May during regional award ceremonies where Torlakson will present each school with a 2013 Distinguished School plaque and flag.
The 2013 California Distinguished Schools Program directly focuses on the right of California’s students to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.
To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.
The application process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school’s signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process, which validates the implementation of those signature practices.