California Distinguished Schools Program

​The California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California DS Award once every two years. In 2019 California is recognizing outstanding education programs and practices in middle and high schools. Schools recognized as a California DS Awardee hold the DS Title for two years. For more information regarding the California DS program please visit the California Department of Education's California DS website.

25 Orange County campuses honored as 2019 California Distinguished Schools

2019 California Exemplary District Awardee

California recognized 18 school districts as Exemplary District Awardees in 2019. The Orange County Department of Education is pleased to honor Huntington Beach Union High School District as a 2019 California Exemplary District. 

2019 California Exemplary Districts

2019 California Distinguished Schools Awardees 

California recognized outstanding education programs and practices in middle and high schools in 2019.

2019 California Distinguished Schools Announced

The Orange County Department of Education is pleased to honor the following 25 Orange County schools as California DS Awardees:

​Anaheim Union High ​Lexington Junior High
​​Anaheim Union High​Oxford Academy
​Capistrano Unified​Bernice Ayer Middle
​Capistrano Unified​Carl Hankey Middle
​Fountain Valley Elementary​Fulton (Harry C.) Middle
​Fountain Valley Elementary​Masuda (Kazuo) Middle
​Fountain Valley Elementary​Talbert (Samuel E.) Middle
​Fullerton Joint Union High​Sunny Hills High
​Garden Grove Unified​Bolsa Grande High
​Garden Grove Unified​Garden Grove High
​Garden Grove Unified​Pacifica High
​Huntington Beach City Elementary​Ethel Dwyer Middle
​Huntington Beach City Elementary​Isaac L. Sowers Middle
​Huntington Beach Union High​Edison High
​Huntington Beach Union High​Marina High
​Irvine Unified​Irvine High
​​Irvine Unified​Rancho San Joaquin Middle
​​Irvine Unified​Sierra Vista Middle
​​Irvine Unified​Woodbridge High
​Laguna Beach Unified​Thurston Middle
​Newport-Mesa Unified​Early College High
​Ocean View​Mesa View Middle
​Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified​Yorba Linda Middle
​Santa Ana Unified​NOVA Academy
​Tustin Unified​Arnold O. Beckman High