Hermosa Valley School was named a 2019 California Distinguished School, the state’s highest level of recognition, last week for its middle school program. Last year, the school received the same honor for its elementary program.
The honor means Hermosa Valley is a distinguished school across all grade level, 4th and 5th for elementary and 6th through 8th for middle school. The designation lasts two years. The school district was also honored with the 2019 California Green School Silver Award.
Hermosa Beach School District Superintendent Pat Escalante said she “would like to commend all employees, parents and community members for the unwavering support you give to our students and programs each and everyday.”
“I am so excited for everyone in our school community, for the recognition that has been received from the state, as a 2019 California Distinguished School,” Escalante said. “The addition of a second award, the 2019 California Green School Silver Award, in recognition of the entire district, is an incredible and exceptional honor.”
According to a press release, the California Distinguished Schools program returned last year following a three-year hiatus when the state overhauled its accountability system.
Schools earn the distinction for demonstrating exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years — test scores, suspensions and graduation rates are used as metrics — or for closing the achievement gap between two school years.
Along with celebrating high achievers, the goal is to spotlight successful programs and practices that can be replicated elsewhere.
The schools and districts will be honored in April during a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.