San Diego Distinguished Schools

The state has selected nearly three dozen distinguished schools in San Diego county for improving scores.

Loma Verde Elementary in Chula Vista was among nearly three dozen schools in San Diego County and 290 statewide to be honored by the California Department of Education for improvement in standardized test scores for English-language learners and low-income students.

A majority of the students at Loma Verde, which is located six miles from the Mexico Border, come from non-English-speaking backgrounds, and 77 percent of the student body is considered low-income. 

Loma Verde was among 33 San Diego County campuses and 287 total in the  state to be named a distinguished school by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson.

The program, which returned this year after a three-year break,  recognizes elementary schools that have made noteworthy gains in state  performance standards.

"These schools implement outstanding educational programs and  practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them  on the path to achieve their dreams,'' Torlakson said. ``Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity and talents toward providing a  great education for all their students.

''The other San Diego County schools honored were:-- Bostonia Language Academy, Cajon Valley Union;- ADA W. Harris Elementary, Cardiff elementary school district;-- Aviara Oaks Elementary, Carlsbad Unified;--Pacific Rim Elementary, Carlsbad Unified;-- Cook Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary School District;-- Veterans Elementary, Chula Vista Elementary;-- San Onofre Elementary, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District;--Monterey Ridge Elementary, Poway Unified;-- Park Village Elementary, Poway Unified;-- Willow Grove Elementary, Poway Unified;--Barnard Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Benchley/Weinberger Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Chesterton Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Edison Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Elevate Elementary, San Diego Unified;--Gage Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Garfield Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Green Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Hancock Elementary, San Diego Unified;--Holmes Elementary, San Diego Unified;--Jerabek Elementary, San Diego Unified;--La Jolla Elementary, San Diego Unified;--Miller Elementary, San Diego Unified;-- Miramar Ranch Elementary, San Diego Unified;--Sessions Elementary, San Diego Unified;--Toler Elementary, San Diego Unified;--Nye Elementary, San Diego Unified;--San Elijo Elementary, San Marcos Unified;--Ocean View Hills, San Ysidro Elementary;-- Skyline Elementary, Solana Beach Elementary School District;-- Solana Pacific Elementary, Solana Beach Elementary School District; and-- Empresa Elementary, Vista Unified.

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