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California Distinguished Schools Program announces 2024 awardees on Thursday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, announced Thursday the 293 middle and high schools that have been selected for the 2024 California Distinguished Schools Program.

The statewide school recognition program has two categories for schools that performed notably: one for schools that closed their achievement gap and the other for schools that demonstrated exceptional student performance explain the California Department of Education.

Data from 2023 through the California School Dashboard is used to analyze schools for the award detail the state education organization.

According to the California Department of Education, schools recognized for closing the achievement gap must enroll at least 40% of their students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, demonstrate exemplary overall marks in English Language Arts and math, as well as have accelerated academic growth for one or more historically underserved student groups.

Schools recognized for exceptional student performance are analyzed for notable performance in English Language Arts and math, reducing suspensions, and high graduation rates for high schools explain the California Department of Education.

Elementary schools and middle/high schools are recognized in alternating years detail the California Department of Education.

Here are some local schools in the Central Coast Region that qualified this year by county.

San Luis Obispo County:

Arroyo Grande High, Lucia Mar Unified School District

Paulding Middle, Lucia Mar Unified School District

Laguna Middle, San Luis Coastal Unified School District

Ventura County:

Fillmore Senior High, Fillmore Unified School District

“It is my pleasure to honor and recognize these 293 secondary schools for their efforts to provide exemplary public education to all students. Excellent middle schools and high schools play a critical role in the life outcomes of our young people,” beamed California Superintendent of Public Instruction Thurmond. “This year’s California Distinguished Schools celebration provides us with an opportunity to recognize the hard work of our secondary educators and school staff who help our young adults discover passions and access college- and career-ready experiences that will propel them through life.”

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High Surf Advisory issued February 29 at 1:54PM PST until March 4 at 4:00AM PST by NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard CA

* WHAT…Large breaking waves of 10 to 18 feet with dangerous
rip currents. Highest surf, along with possible very minor
coastal flooding, for west- to northwest-facing beaches.

* WHERE…San Luis Obispo County Beaches and Santa Barbara
County Central Coast Beaches.

* WHEN…From 4 AM Friday to 4 AM PST Monday.

* IMPACTS…There is an increased risk for ocean drowning. Rip
currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Large
breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches and
rocks, and capsize small boats near shore. Very minor flooding
of sea water is possible, around the time of high tide, over
vulnerable low- lying coastal areas such as parking lots,
beaches, and walkways. Significant damage to roads or
structures is NOT expected.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…High tides will occur each morning
between Midnight and 2 AM, peaking around 5 feet.

Wind Advisory issued February 29 at 1:30PM PST until March 3 at 10:00AM PST by NWS Los Angeles/Oxnard CA

* WHAT…Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph

* WHERE…Cuyama Valley, San Luis Obispo County Interior
Valleys, San Luis Obispo County Mountains, Santa Barbara
County Interior Mountains and Interstate 5 Corridor.

* WHEN…From 10 PM Friday to 10 AM PST Sunday.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and
make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Light snow accumulations are also expected
for elevations above 5,500 feet.

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