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Vineyard Junior High Named California Distinguished School

Vineyard Junior High Named California Distinguished School

Vineyard Junior High School is one of only 200 secondary schools in California and only 11 in San Bernardino County to be recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2019.

“All of us throughout the district are extremely proud of the students, staff and administrators at Vineyard Junior High School,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “California Distinguished School recognition is not only important and prestigious for our schools, but it also is an overwhelming testament to the outstanding collaboration and community engagement that takes place at Vineyard and throughout the entire district.”

Junior high schools nominated for California Distinguished School status were evaluated on two categories: exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years and their ability to close the achievement gap between two school years.

Vineyard was recognized for its Viking Tiered System of Supports, a school-wide approach to meet the academic, behavioral and social-emotional learning needs of students. Through a shared responsibility and partnership between home and school, staff and parents work collaboratively to create a learning environment that promotes intellectual and social development, prepares students for college and career, and inspires learners for a lifetime of success in a global society.

 Every student’s individual unique needs are identified, evaluated and then addressed with the goal of improving the whole child in terms of academics, behavior and social-emotional learning, while embracing a growth mindset for continuous improvement. In addition to standards-based instruction, students are provided with a tiered system of academic intervention and enrichment opportunities.

“We applaud the work and efforts these schools have shown to be recognized as California Distinguished Schools,” San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “It takes a team approach among teachers, administrators and support staff - as well as parent and community support - to make our schools achieve.”

The California Distinguished School program returns following a three-year break when it was replaced by the California Gold Ribbon School program while the State transitioned from one accountability model to another.

The California Distinguished Schools and Exemplary School Districts will be honored at a ceremony in April at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.