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Two SRVUSD Elementary Schools Named California Distinguished Schools
Posted 12/19/19



The San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) is honored to have two schools named as 2020 California Distinguished Schools. Hidden Hills Elementary and Sycamore Valley Elementary have each received this acclaimed recognition from the State. The California Distinguished Schools Program honors some of California's most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap. 


“I am extremely proud of the work being done by educators in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District to support each student and find pathways to success for each and every student,” said SRVUSD Superintendent Rick Schmitt. “The District is committed to a multi-tiered system of support to ensure that each student reaches high levels of academic success with an emphasis on social emotional learning while providing equitable access and eliminating barriers.” 


A total of 323 schools will receive the 2020 California Distinguished Schools Award. There were only five schools total selected for this honor in Contra Costa County, with two of them being from the SRVUSD.The California DS Program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California DS Award once every two years. Schools recognized as a California DS Awardee hold the DS Title for two years.


This year, California used a multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). In 2020, eligible schools in the elementary school cycle were selected within the following two categories:

  1. Closing the Achievement Gap
  2. 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,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony 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.”


Distinguished School award winners 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. Click on the link below for a complete list of 2020 California Distinguished Schools.

Complete list of recognized schools.


For more information, please visit the California Distinguished Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s website.