State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently announced that 287 elementary schools in California are being honored under the Distinguished Schools Program. This program returns after a three-year break, and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. Among those recognized are nine schools from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) including Ardenwood, Azevada, Forest Park, Gomes, Hirsch, Mission San Jose, Mission Valley, Warm Springs and Warwick Elementary Schools.
“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,” Torlakson said. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”
“As a District, we are very proud to see Fremont Unified so well-represented among this list of outstanding schools throughout our state,” added FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Kim Wallace. “I congratulate the teachers, staff, and especially the students, for their hard work in achieving this recognition.”
Sponsored by California Casualty, the 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress. See the complete list of Distinguished Schools here.