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Deer Canyon Earns California Distinguished School Honors

Deer Canyon Elementary School is one of just 19 elementary schools in San Bernardino County and 324 throughout California to be recognized as a California Distinguished School for 2019-2020.


This is the second time in three years that Deer Canyon has earned California Distinguished School honors.


“This is a tremendous recognition for any school, and it’s a remarkable testimony to the outstanding work of our teachers, staff and students at Deer Canyon to receive this honor in consecutive years in which it was eligible,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “We are obviously very proud of the continued success at Deer Canyon, but also the extraordinary accomplishments that are happening every day at all of the schools in our district.”


Every school in the Alta Loma School District has earned California Distinguished School recognition since the statewide program began.


“We are very proud of the outstanding academic achievement and culture of collaboration that these schools have exhibited as California Distinguished Schools," San Bernardino County Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “Congratulations to the teachers, administrators and staff, as well as the parents and community members, who support these terrific schools.”


A component of the California School Recognition Program, the Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates and conditions and climate. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years, meaning that awardees hold the title for two years.


“These outstanding schools don’t just educate students; they also provide the young people of California the tools they need to be successful after graduation,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said. “Thanks go to all the staff at these schools—teachers, administrators, classified employees—and parents, who are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all of their students.”


The California Distinguished Schools, as well as Exemplary Arts Education Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, National Bell Awardees and National ESEA Distinguished Schools, will be honored at a statewide ceremony in February in Anaheim.