Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Schools Take Top State Honors

Glenknoll Elementary, Golden Elementary and Lakeview Elementary received the coveted California Distinguished School award, the top honor in the State. This year’s awards recognized schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches as well as narrowing the achievement gap, according to the California Department of Education which selects honorees. In order to receive the award, schools first have to meet a number of s accountability requirements, including placing in the top 40th percentile of the State’s Academic Performance Index (API), meeting an annual growth target for API scores, and ensuring that minority groups achieve above-average API scores. As honorees, the schools are also recognized for signature practices. Those practices become models for other California schools to replicate. To view the signature practices of all honorees visit the California Department of Education’s Signature Practices website at

Additionally, Melrose Elementary and Morse Elementary were named Title I Academic Achievement Award recipients. The award is presented to California’s top Title I schools. Title I federal funds assist schools in meeting the educational needs of students living below the poverty line. The Title I Academic Achievement Award recognizes schools that demonstrate that all students at the school are making significant progress on California’s academic content standards. Additionally, the school’s socio-economically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets for two consecutive years.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District now has 24 California Distinguished Schools, 5 National Blue Ribbon Schools, 1 three-time California Model Continuation High School, 1 California Exemplary Independent Study Recognition Award Honoree and numerous Academic Achievement Award winners.

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