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Country Springs and Chaparral Elementary Schools named 2018 California Distinguished Schools

Congratulations to Chaparral and Country Springs elementary schools for being named 2018 California Distinguished Schools! It is the highest honor the State bestows on public schools.

This is the fourth time Country Springs has earned this great award, and the second time for Chaparral. Country Springs had also been named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2007 and 2015. That is the highest award bestowed nationally on a public school.

The California Distinguished School award reflects a school’s success in making exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the California State Board of Education for all students by meeting state indicators specified on the California School Dashboard. The dashboard reflects results from annual standardized student testing.

Chaparral Principal Brandon Davis and Country Springs Principal Tom Mackessy have been invited to attend the California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony on May 3 in Anaheim to officially accept the California Distinguished School award. Both schools will receive California Distinguished School banners to display on their campuses.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson notified schools in early February that they were eligible for the award. Eligible schools were required to submit an application by March 12 in order to be recognized as a California Distinguished School Awardee for 2018.

Twenty one schools in the Chino Valley Unified School District have been named a California Distinguished School since the award program began in 1986, some more than once. In addition, Ayala High School was named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2015, when the state took a three-year pause (2015-2017) from the California Distinguished School award program to transition to a new assessment and accountability system.