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Dozens Of Bay Area Schools Receive California Distinguished Schools Award

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) -- The state Department of Education announced the recipients of the prestigious award for public elementary schools today, and nearly a quarter of them are in the Bay Area.

Only seven percent of the nearly 5,800 public elementary schools in the state receive the California Distinguished Schools award.

Education officials report that the distinction is awarded to schools that demonstrate efforts to narrow the academic achievement gaps between students.

The chosen schools also agree to share their best practices with other schools, and to mentor educators looking to improve classroom learning.

A database of signature school practices will be available this spring on the state Department of Education's website.

Of the Bay Area counties, Santa Clara County has the most elementary schools on the list this year, with 25 winning schools. Contra Costa County has 24, and Alameda County has 22 winning schools.

There are also 14 schools in San Mateo County, and nine in San Francisco.

A complete list of the schools can be seen on the California Distinguished Schools Program website at

Alameda County:
Alameda Unified - Edison Elementary
Dublin Unified - Harold William Kolb**
Fremont Unified - Ardenwood Elementary
Fremont Unified - Fred E. Weibel Elementary
Fremont Unified - James Leitch Elementary
Fremont Unified - John Gomes Elementary
Fremont Unified - Joshua Chadbourne Elementary
Fremont Unified - Mission San Jose Elementary
Fremont Unified - Mission Valley Elementary
Fremont Unified - Niles Elementary
New Haven Unified - Pioneer Elementary
Newark Unified - James L. Bunker Elementary
Newark Unified - John F. Kennedy Elementary
Oakland Unified - Achieve Academy
Oakland Unified - Montclair Elementary
Oakland Unified - Think College Now
Pleasanton Unified - Donlon Elementary
Pleasanton Unified - Henry P. Mohr Elementary
Pleasanton Unified - Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary
Pleasanton Unified - Vintage Hills Elementary
Pleasanton Unified - Walnut Grove Elementary
Sunol Glen Unified - Sunol Glen Elementary

Contra Costa County:
Lafayette Elementary - Lafayette Elementary
Mt. Diablo Unified - Mt. Diablo Elementary
Mt. Diablo Unified - Sequoia Elementary
Mt. Diablo Unified - Silverwood Elementary
Mt. Diablo Unified - Strandwood Elementary
Mt. Diablo Unified - Valle Verde Elementary
Mt. Diablo Unified - Walnut Acres Elementary
Orinda Union Elementary - Del Rey Elementary
Orinda Union Elementary - Glorietta Elementary
Orinda Union Elementary - Sleepy Hollow Elementary
Orinda Union Elementary - Wagner Ranch Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Bollinger Canyon Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Coyote Creek Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Golden View Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Greenbrook Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Hidden Hills Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - John Baldwin Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Live Oak Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Neil A. Armstrong Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Rancho Romero Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Sycamore Valley Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Tassajara Hills Elementary
San Ramon Valley Unified - Vista Grande Elementary
Walnut Creek Elementary - Walnut Heights Elementary

Marin County:
Dixie Elementary - Dixie Elementary
Reed Union Elementary - Bel Aire Elementary
Reed Union Elementary - Reed Elementary
Ross Elementary - Ross Elementary
Ross Valley Elementary - Wade Thomas Elementary

Napa County:
Calistoga Joint Unified - Calistoga Elementary

San Francisco:
Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila*
Claire Lilienthal Elementary
Clarendon Alternative Elementary
Creative Arts Charter*
Gordon J. Lau Elementary
Grattan Elementary
Lawton Alternative Elementary
McKinley Elementary
Sunnyside Elementary
West Portal Elementary

San Mateo County:
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary - Nesbit Elementary
Cabrillo Unified - Kings Mountain Elementary
Hillsborough City Elementary - North Hillsborough**
Hillsborough City Elementary - West Hillsborough
Menlo Park City Elementary - Laurel Elementary
Menlo Park City Elementary - Oak Knoll Elementary
Millbrae Elementary - Green Hills Elementary
Millbrae Elementary - Meadows Elementary
Millbrae Elementary - Spring Valley Elementary
Portola Valley Elementary - Ormondale Elementary
Redwood City Elementary - North Star Academy
San Bruno Park Elementary - Portola Elementary
San Mateo-Foster City - College Park Elementary**
South San Francisco Unified - Skyline Elementary

Santa Clara County:
Campbell Union - Rosemary Elementary
Campbell Union - Village School
Cupertino Union -  Blue Hills Elementary
Cupertino Union - Dilworth Elementary
Cupertino Union - Faria A+ Elementary
Cupertino Union - Garden Gate Elementary
Cupertino Union - Louis E. Stocklmeir Elementary
Cupertino Union - Montclaire Elementary
Evergreen Elementary - James Franklin Smith Elementary
Evergreen Elementary - Tom Matsumoto Elementary
Franklin-McKinley Elementary - Cornerstone Academy Preparatory
Franklin-McKinley Elementary - Stonegate Elementary
Los Altos Elementary - Covington Elementary
Los Gatos Union Elementary - Blossom Hill Elementary
Los Gatos Union Elementary - Louise Van Meter Elementary
Milpitas Unified - John Sinnott Elementary
Moreland - George C. Payne Elementary
Mountain View Whisman - Frank L. Huff Elementary
Mountain View Whisman - Monta Loma Elementary
San Jose Unified - Los Alamitos Elementary
Santa Clara County Office of Education - Bullis Charter*
Sunnyvale - Cherry Chase Elementary
Union Elementary - Alta Vista Elementary
Union Elementary - Carlton Elementary
Union Elementary - Oster Elementary

Solano County:
Benicia Unified - Matthew Turner Elementary
Fairfield-Suisun Unified - Nelda Mundy Elementary
Fairfield-Suisun Unified - Oakbrook Elementary

Sonoma County:
Cinnabar Elementary - Cinnabar Charter
Rincon Valley Union Elementary - Austin Creek Elementary+

* These schools also received an additional award for their Exemplary Arts Education Program.
** These schools also received an additional award for their Exemplary Physical Activity and Nutrition Program.

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