State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced that El Marino Language School is one of 323 elementary schools honored under the 2020 California Distinguished Schools Award Program.
Sponsored by the California Department of Education and presented by California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for closing the achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance.
“These outstanding schools don’t just educate students; they also provide the young people of California the tools they need to be successful after graduation,” Thurmond said. “Thanks go to all the staff at these schools—teachers, administrators, classified employees—and parents, who are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all of their students.”
A component of the California School Recognition Program, 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 schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.
Every year, two of California’s Distinguished Schools Awardees are also eligible to be recognized as a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools Awardee. Distinguished School awardees represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.
“We are tremendously proud of Principal Mina Shiratori and her entire staff for achieving this prestigious honor,” said Superintendent Leslie Lockhart. “This recognition underscores what we have always known – that our CCUSD family is second to none! Congratulations to everyone at El Marino!”
The school will be officially recognized at a special awards ceremony on February 10 at the Disney Resort in Anaheim.