Huntington Beach And Fountain Valley Schools Honored As “California Distinguished Schools”: Dwyer Middle School, Edison High School, Marina High School, Vista View Middle School, Fulton Middle School, And Masuda Middle School

california-distinguished-school1Dwyer Middle School and Edison and Marina high schools in Huntington Beach joined Vista View, Fulton and Masuda middle schools in Fountain Valley for the honor, which recognizes the top public schools in the state.The schools were among 136 middle and 125 high schools around the state to receive this year’s honor, out of nearly 2,400 schools statewide. State Supt. Jack O’Connell called each school’s principal Wednesday to give them the news.

This was Fulton’s first Distinguished School honor, and comes on the heels of big gains in its students’ math scores, Principal Chris Christensen said. The school surpassed 900 points on its recent API exam, giving it one of the top grades in the state.

After taking a dip in 2007, the school made a concerted effort to raise its math scores above even 2006 levels, which may have caught the eye of the nominating committee.

Fulton also has run a Spotlight program over the last two years that Christensen said gives struggling math and English students the chance to get extra tutoring during their regular elective period.

The school also has focused on improving its eighth-grade science program, and has become knowledgeable of data-driven instruction methods that allow the school’s Professional Learning Communities, groups of teachers who work together to improve student achievement, to go back to challenging portions of the curriculum and give students additional assistance.

Edison High chose to focus on its ways of integrating the school’s special education population in its application, as well as the parent partnership the school has developed, Principal D’liese Melendrez said. She has already notified parents of the achievement through the school’s phone system, and was delighted to find that the county Department of Education planted signs and balloons in front of the school last Thursday morning.

Principal Don Ruisinger said this is Dwyer’s third Distinguished School honor, but the first since he took the school’s helm.

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Orange County Schools Receive Thirty-One “California Distinguished Schools” Designations

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Thirty-one Orange County public middle schools and high schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, the state’s top honor for campuses.

The prize goes to just 10 percent of campuses statewide.

2008 California Distinguished Elementary Schools In Orange County

 california-distinguished-schoolCalifornia School Recognition Program distinguished school honorees.

Orange Capistrano Unified Chaparral Elementary Elementary
Orange Capistrano Unified R.H. Dana Elementary Elementary
Orange Fountain Valley Elementary William T. Newland Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Acacia Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Hermosa Drive Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Laguna Road Elementary Elementary
Orange Fullerton Elementary Robert C. Fisler Elementary Elementary
Orange Garden Grove Unified Loyal Barker Elementary Elementary
Orange Garden Grove Unified Peters Elementary Elementary
Orange Huntington Beach City Elementa John R. Peterson Elementary Elementary
Orange Huntington Beach City Elementary John H. Eader School Elementary
Orange Irvine Unified Alderwood Basics Plus School Elementary
Orange Irvine Unified Canyon View Elementary Elementary
Orange La Habra City Elementary Ladera Palma Elementary Elementary
Orange La Habra City Elementary Las Lomas Elementary Elementary
Orange Laguna Beach Unified El Morro Elementary Elementary
Orange Laguna Beach Unified Top of the World Elementary Elementary
Orange Los Alamitos Unified Francis Hopkinson Elementary Elementary
Orange Los Alamitos Unified Rossmoor Elementary Elementary
Orange Magnolia Elementary Juliette Low Elementary Elementary
Orange Magnolia Elementary Lord Baden-Powell Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Eastbluff Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Harbor View Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Killybrooke Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Roy O. Andersen Elementary Elementary
Orange Newport-Mesa Unified Sonora Elementary Elementary
Orange Ocean View Elementary Harbour View Elementary Elementary
Orange Ocean View Elementary Hope View Elementary Elementary
Orange Ocean View Elementary Oak View Elementary Elementary
Orange Orange Unified Palmyra Elementary Elementary
Orange Orange Unified Panorama Elementary Elementary
Orange Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Glenknoll Elementary Elementary
Orange Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Lakeview Elementary Elementary
Orange Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Van Buren Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Del Lago Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified DePortola Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified La Tierra Elementary and Early Childhood Center Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Lake Forest Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Lomarena Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Melinda Heights Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Rancho Cañada Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Robinson Elementary Elementary
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Valencia Elementary Elementary
Orange Santa Ana Unified John Muir Fundamental School Elementary
Orange Santa Ana Unified Santiago Elementary Elementary
Orange Tustin Unified Hicks Canyon Elementary Elementary
Orange Tustin Unified Peters Canyon Elementary Elementary
Orange Tustin Unified Red Hill Elementary Elementary

SONORA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Honored As A 2008 “National No Child Left Behind Title I Distinguished Schools Recognition Award”

sonoraelementarynewportmesaSonora Elementary School, a 475-pupil campus in a residential neighborhood near the 55 and 73 freeways, has experienced a dramatic turnaround in its academic performance in the past four years.

In 2005, the school was placed on federal academic probation for failing to meet its standardized-testing targets under the No Child Left Behind Act.

School officials immediately rolled out a multi-pronged intervention strategy that focused on Sonora’s biggest weakness, language arts. The strategy included after-school tutorials, pre-teaching to English learners, and separating children within each classroom by skill level.

california-distinguished-school1Since that time, the school’s Academic Performance Index score – an overall gauge of a school’s scholastic showing – has shot up by a whopping 135 points, to 844. California’s benchmark target for schools is 800.

The school’s federal academic probation status also was removed after just one year.

“I can’t say the (intervention strategies) were popular with everyone,” Sonora Elementary Principal Christine Anderson said. “But I said, ‘We can either work together to solve this our ourselves, or someone will come in and tell us how to fix things.'”

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Arroyo Elementary (Santa Ana 92705) Is A California Distinguished School And National Blue Ribbon School

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2008 API= 925

Student Enrollment = 583

Arroyo Elementary School (Santa Ana 92705) is a K-5 Elementary school in the Tustin Unified School District. Nicknamed the Mustangs, it was originally built in 1965 with expansion in later years.

 

 

For the 1989-1990 school year, Arroyo Elementary School was ArroyoElementaryrecognized as a Blue Ribbon School and was designated as a California Distinguished School for the 2006 school year, awarded by the California State Board of Education to public schools that best represent exemplary and quality educational programs.

 

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ARROYO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 11112 Coronel Rd, Santa Ana CA 92705

Red Hill Elementary (Santa Ana 92705) Is A California Distinguished School Opened In 2001

2008 API = 906

STUDENT ENROLLMENT = 485

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Red Hill Elementary School (Santa Ana, 92705) is one of 18 elementary schools (K-5) in the Tustin Unified School District. Built in 2001, Red Hill was designed as a model for the 21st century and has established itself as a foremost leader in education and a California Distinguished School.

RedHillElementarySantaAna92705It is located in the heart of North Tustin, surrounded by trees and the “red hill”, which are deep-rooted in the strong community history of Tustin. Red Hill Elementary School made AYP in 2007. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of California in terms of student performance and other accountability measures.

11911 Red Hill Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705

Tustin Memorial Academy (Santa Ana 92705) Is A Top Elementary Magnet School In Tustin Unified School District

2008 API = 937

Total Enrollment = 591

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Tustin Memorial Academy the only elementary magnet school in the Tustin Unified School District. TMA features: fundamental and GATE.

The fundamental program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade places special emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics throughout the grade levels.

TMA also offers a self-contained GATE (Gifted and Talented) program for students in first through fifth grade. GATE identified students in these grade levels are grouped together with teachers who have been specifically trained to extend and enhance the curriculum by infusing a greater depth and complexity.

 

014Another important component of our magnet designation is the contract that every family signs at the beginning of each school year. Students and families commit to behaving responsibly and respectfully, completing and turning in homework, following the uniform/dress code and volunteering at the school. This spirit of cooperation helps create a community that is teeming with students who exhibit scholarly attributes, parents who are willing to be involved in their child’s education and a well-trained and knowledgeable staff and faculty.

TMA’s curriculum is based on the district standards and enhanced by a special emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking across the grade levels. We are proud to boast continued outstanding STAR test scores, a recent 2005 API score of 927, up from 916 in the prior year. This is the second highest API score in the district. Yet, even these test scores cannot indicate what makes our school special. It is the people: the families, the students, the staff and faculty that make this a place where families choose to send their children, choose to get involved, and choose to excel.

12712 Browning Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 730-7546