State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced that Skyline School was selected as a 2010 California Distinguished School. This is a prestigious distinction which recognizes the school, and the students, parents, teachers, and administrators who helped earn this distinction.
The 2010 California Distinguished Schools have been selected because of their academic excellence and for narrowing achievement gaps. These schools have persevered despite state budget cutbacks that have cut deeply into the budgets of local school districts. The honored schools have signature practices that Distinguished Schools are using to improve student achievement.
By earning this award, Skyline School agrees to share their signature practices with other schools and serve as a mentor to other educators who want to replicate the work.
The California School Recognition Program is now in its 24th year and honors the state's most exemplary and inspiring public schools with the California Distinguished School Award. Although participation is voluntary, the award is highly sought after by schools in all areas of the state. Elementary and secondary schools are recognized during alternate years.
Schools were identified for eligibility on the basis of their Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress results, which are the state and federal accountability models, respectively. The applicants were also identified by their success in narrowing the achievement gap that exists between higher-performing and lower-performing students. All applicants underwent a stringent selection process conducted by the California Department of Education with the help of many educators from across the state.
The 2010 California Distinguished Schools were honored during an awards ceremony and dinner at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on June 4, 2010.