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Seven Contra Costa County Schools Awarded California Distinguished Schools Award


Seven schools in Contra Costa County have been named 2024 California Distinguished Schools, State Superintendent of Public instruction Tony Thurmond announced this week.

Acalanes and Miramonte high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District, M.H. Stanley Middle School in the Lafayette Elementary School, Martinez Junior High School in the Martinez Unified School District, Diablo View Middle School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Pine Valley Middle School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, and Middle College High School in the West Contra Costa Unified School District are among 293 middle schools and high schools throughout the state selected for the prestigious award.

“Congratulations to the students, teachers and staff at each of these schools,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “These exceptional schools are examples of the excellent public education available to students in our county and should be celebrated for their innovation, talent and success in supporting students.”

To select California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) uses multiple measures to identify eligible schools based on their performance on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard (Dashboard).


Specifically, schools were selected by analyzing data reported through the 2023 Dashboard, with a focus on demonstrating excellence and growth in academic achievement and ensuring a positive school climate.

Schools are recognized for exceptional student performance based on achieving exemplary performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, reducing suspensions, and demonstrating high graduation rates (high schools only).

Schools recognized for closing the achievement gap enroll at least 40 percent of their students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and, in addition to demonstrating exemplary overall performance in ELA and math, achieve accelerated academic growth for one or more historically underserved student groups.

Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.



Fed Up March 5, 2024 - 5:20 PM - 5:20 PM

Yes our schools are distinguished, but are they good? Or are they good at scaring our kids about climate change and feeding their self-esteem?

xj March 5, 2024 - 6:09 PM - 6:09 PM

Participation awards for the schools. Like having the best of worst awards. 293 schools out of 294 total.

We all know CA schools are the worst in the nation.

Atticus Thraxx March 5, 2024 - 7:44 PM - 7:44 PM

I smile when I see industries give themselves awards. It’s a sad smile, but a smile none the less.

domo March 6, 2024 - 6:30 AM - 6:30 AM

Calif schools used to be in the top 5 of the country now we’re in the bottom 5 – we’re celebrating the best of the worst now 🙁

Well Folks March 6, 2024 - 8:34 AM - 8:34 AM

Nice to see schools in Lomarinda are still high performers. Small district and a high socio-economic base pays off. People that care about well rounded quality education will make sure it is always provided to the youth of the area they live in

Fed Up March 6, 2024 - 9:27 AM - 9:27 AM

Wake up people! we live in a global economy. We are not doing our kids any favors by not making sure they have a world class education. These kid’s will have to compete with others from all over the world who have a much better basic education, while ours have the highest self-esteem. We need to bulk up on the basics first! there will plenty of time for electives later, but we have to have the basics first! Don’t kid yourself we don’t. We have education majors teaching by the book because they don’t know the subject. You want to get serious?, get rid of the education major Teachers, we need subject matter experts.

Fed Up March 6, 2024 - 12:59 PM - 12:59 PM

BTW does everyone know that Dr. Jill Biden’s PHD is in EDUCATION. I for one refuse to call her Doctor!

ProveMeWrong March 6, 2024 - 9:33 PM - 9:33 PM

BTW obviously you DON’T know she has an EdD. You have no clue about that which you speak. I’d rather have an educated American-born First Lady then some foreign woman that had to lie about her education and was a soft porn “model”.
Besides, Jill wasn’t the one who “borrowed” Michelle Obama’s speech.

Fed Up March 7, 2024 - 9:27 AM - 9:27 AM

“BTW obviously you DON’T know she has an EdD” I’m DUMB? That is a PHD in education.
What was your BA in? EDUCATION?

Fed Up March 7, 2024 - 9:44 AM - 9:44 AM

“BTW obviously you DON’T know she has an EdD. You have no clue about that which you speak. ” BTW obviously you DON’T know that an EdD is a Doctorate in EDUCATION. Also Jill wasn’t the one who “borrowed” Neil Kinnock’s speech.

Well Folks March 7, 2024 - 8:33 AM - 8:33 AM

Fed Up
Once of my closest friends has a Doctorate in Finance, therefore he IS a doctor. It is not the position/job but the degree that gives the title

Fed Up March 7, 2024 - 9:25 AM - 9:25 AM

I know that! She got the easiest PHD to get.

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