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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 2020 California is recognizing outstanding education programs and practices in elementary 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.

State names 35 Orange County campuses as 2020 Distinguished schools

2020 California Distinguished Schools Awardees 

California recognized outstanding education programs and practices in elementary schools in 2020.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2020 Cailfornia Distinguished Schools

The Orange County Department of Education is pleased to honor the following 35 Orange County schools as California DS Awardees:

​Brea-Olinda UnifiedLaurel Elementary Magnet School of Innovation and Career Exploration
​​Buena Park Elementary​Charles G. Emery Elementary
​Centralia Elementary​Buena Terra Elementary
​Centralia Elementary​George B. Miller Elementary
​Cypress Elementary​Clara J. King Elementary
Cypress Elementary​Margaret Landell Elementary
​Cypress Elementary​Steve Luther Elementary
​Fullerton Elementary​Acacia Elementary
​Fullerton Elementary​Laguna Road Elementary
​Fullerton ElementaryRobert C. Fisler Elementary
​Garden Grove UnifiedA.G. Cook Elementary
​Garden Grove Unified​Agnes Ware Stanley Elementary
Garden Grove Unified​Ernest O. Lawrence Elementary
​Garden Grove UnifiedEthan B. Allen Elementary
​Garden Grove UnifiedExcelsior Elementary
Garden Grove UnifiedGenevieve M. Crosby Elementary
Garden Grove UnifiedMorningside Elementary
​​Garden Grove Unified​Ocia A. Peters Elementary
​​Garden Grove Unified​R.F. Hazard Elementary
​Huntington Beach City Elementary​Ralph E. Hawes Elementary
Magnolia Elementary​Dr. Peter Marshall
Magnolia ElementaryJuliette Low School of the Arts
​Magnolia Elementary​Walt Disney
​Newport-Mesa Unified​California Elementary
​Newport-Mesa Unified​Killybrooke Elementary
​Newport-Mesa Unified​Paularino Elementary
Newport-Mesa Unified​Sonora Elementary
​Ocean View​Circle View Elementary
​Ocean View​Star View Elementary
​Orange County Department of Education​Scholarship Prep
​Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified​Golden Elementary
​Santa Ana Unified​John Muir Fundamental Elementary
​Savanna Elementary​Cerritos Elementary
Tustin UnifiedHicks Canyon Elementary
​WestminsterJessie Hayden Elementary