On June 9, high achieving schools in Sacramento County were recognized for their success as the California Department of Education (CDE) hosted its 2014 California School Recognition Program in Northern California. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) served as co-host for the regional event. The ceremony was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson joined in honoring the schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement. "I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success," he said. "This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support."
"You represent school leadership and best practices. You have set a standard for excellence. Your success brings honor to high achieving students, and gives hope to struggling students and their families," Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon told the gathering.
Musical entertainment for the event, which was attended by more than 500 representatives from 102 schools in 28 counties, was provided by the Folsom Middle School Jazz Combo.
The 2014 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California's students' right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap. Also honored were Title I Academic Achievement Awardees; Green Ribbon Schools; Civic Learning Award Schools; and schools recognized last fall by the federal National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
Sacramento County Schools Earning Recognition
Elk Grove Unified
- Arthur C. Butler Elementary School (Distinguished School)
Folsom Cordova Unified
- Oak Chan Elementary School (Distinguished School)
- Russell Ranch Elementary School (Distinguished School)
- Natomas Charter School (Civic Learning Award)
- Natomas Pacific Pathways Charter School (Civic Learning Award)
- Two Rivers Elementary School (Distinguished School)
River Delta Joint Unified
- Bates Elementary School (Title I Academic Achievement Award)
- D.H. White Elementary School (Distinguished School)
San Juan Unified
- Rio Americano High School (Civic Learning Award)
- Sierra Oaks K-8 School (Distinguished School)