GGUSD Celebrates Four 2021 California Distinguished Schools
- Friday, April 30, 2021
La Quinta High School was recognized as a 2021 California Distinguished School in an announcement by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on April 27. This is in addition to Bell, Irvine and McGarvin intermediate schools that were named 2021 California Distinguished Schools in March.
Bell, Irvine, McGarvin and La Quinta were among only 21 schools in Orange County and just over 220 across the state to be receive the prestigious recognition. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance or closing the achievement gap. This year, nearly one-fifth of the Orange County schools recognized were from GGUSD and each year, GGUSD consistently has more schools on the list than any district in Orange County.
“Our teachers and staff should be commended for their relentless commitment to student success that led to this outstanding award,” said GGUSD Trustee Teri Rocco. “Despite countless challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, GGUSD’s teams stayed the course to ensure that students are equipped with the skills needed for academic and personal success.”
Sponsored by the CDE and presented by California Casualty, the Distinguished Schools Program recognizes schools for their excellent work in one of two categories: closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.