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California Distinguished Schools

The California School Recognition Program, begun in 1985 by the California Department of Education (CDE), honors elementary and secondary schools in alternating years. It recognizes schools that are successfully implementing the priorities of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Schools that apply undergo a comprehensive self-assessment that involves the entire school community, including teachers, parents and students, and community and business leaders.

Schools are identified as eligible to participate based upon their accountability data. The CDE uses a rigorous competitive application model which requires schools to demonstrate elements common to exemplary schools. They include:

  • Powerful standards and graduation requirements
  • Visionary and collaborative leadership
  • Research-based curriculum and instructional practices
  • Learning support services for all students including those with special needs
  • Modern technology to support student learning
  • Effective professional development
  • Extensive family participation
  • Partnerships with business and community
  • A safe, clean and healthy learning environment

Capistrano Unified School District is proud to highlight its 41 California Distinguished Schools designations as tabled below.

 

 

 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS MIDDLE SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOLS
 

2013
Bernice Ayer

 

 2012
George White
Oak Grove
Carl Hankey K-8
Moulton

2011
Ladera Ranch
Newhart

 
2009/2010
Concordia
Hidden Hills

2008/2009
Aliso Viejo
Arroyo Vista
Bernice Ayer
Las Flores

 
2007/2008
Chaparral
R H Dana
2006/2007
Ladera Ranch
Vista del Mar
2006/2007
San Clemente
2005/2006
Truman Benedict  
Canyon Vista
Castille 
Laguna Niguel
Tijeras Creek
2004/2005
Don Juan Avila
Las Flores
2004/2005
Dana Hills
Tesoro
2003/2004
Arroyo Vista K-8 School
Don Juan Avila
Chaparral
Oak Grove
2000/2001
Bernice Ayer
Marco Forster
Las Flores
Shorecliffs
1995/1996
Dana Hills
San Clemente
2001/2002
Ambuehl
Bathgate
Crown Valley
Las Flores  
Wood Canyon
1995/1996
Aliso Viejo
Niguel Hills Shorecliffs
1944/1995
Aliso Niguel
1998/1999
Marian Bergeson
Del Obispo
 Oak Grove
1992/1993
Newhart
1993/1994
Capistrano Valley
1997/1998
Hidden Hills
Las Palmas
Lobo
Malcom
   
1996/1997
Concordia
Moulton
 
   
1994/1995
Reilly
George White