Evergreen School District middle schools Chaboya and Quimby Oak were honored to learn last week they each earned a 2019 California Distinguished School award from the California Department of Education (CDOE). Of the 162 middle schools and high schools announced as California Distinguished Schools, seven are in Santa Clara County.
Acting District Superintendent Robert Nuñez shared his excitement over the state's announcement. "I want to congratulate the Chaboya and Quimby Oak communities on their commitment to ever-increasing academic gains and their dedication to maintaining a supportive school environment where students can truly excel. These schools serve as models of what can be accomplished through strategic, student-focused efforts."
The state recognition highlights public schools for "achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years," the CDOE's press release says. Only five percent of all California schools are awarded this honor each year.
"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," the press release states.
The California Distinguished Schools program honors middle schools and high schools in odd-numbered years and elementary schools in even-numbered years. The full list can be found on the CDOE department's website.
All 18 of Evergreen School District schools have been California Distinguished schools and in 2018 Evergreen School District was recognized as the first California Exemplary District in Santa Clara County.