Awards

Awards
• National Blue Ribbon Schools
• California Distinguished Schools
• California Gold Ribbon Schools
• College Board’s AP District Honor Roll
• California Schools to Watch
• Nearly 90% of Graduates Pursue Post-Secondary Degrees
• Test Scores Outperform State and County Averages
• National and Commended Merit Scholars Each Year
• Highly Acclaimed Music and Arts Programs
• Leading Career Technical Education Academies in Orange County
• Over $10 Million in Yearly Student Scholarships
• CIF and League Athletic Titles
• Most International Baccalaureate Diplomas Awarded in Orange County
• California Exemplary Independent Study High School
• California Model Continuation High School
• America’s Best High School Awards - U.S. News & World Report
• Orange County Academic Decathlon Champions
• Orange County Mock Trial Champions
• Orange County Register Top Workplace
• City of Placentia Top Workplace
 
New and Modernized Schools
• Two Community-Supported Bonds
• Four New Schools Within Last 15 Years
• Modernized Classrooms Across All District Schools
• New Libraries, Labs, Auditoriums, Sports Fields, Expanded Parking, Playground Equipment, Career Education Classrooms, Media Centers, Lunch Areas and More
• All Classrooms Now Wired with Technology Infrastructure and Equipped with Interactive Technology (e.g., Interactive White Boards, Distributed Sound Systems and Projectors)
 
Excellent Programs
• District-Wide Writing Program
• Preppy K Transitional Kindergarten Program
• High School CareerLink Academies in Digital Media, Law, Medical Sciences, Engineering and Manufacturing, Technology, Business, Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, with More Programs Coming Soon
• Dual Language Academy 
 
 
Outstanding Staff
• Orange County Teachers of the Year
• California's Continuation High School Teacher of the Year
• National Health Educator of the Year Finalist
• Nation's Outstanding Activities Director
• California's New Drama Teacher of the Year
• Nation's Finalist for Technology Director of the Year
 
Famous Alumni
PYLUSD graduates attend the most prestigious colleges and universities. Several have gone on to achieve excellence, including:
• Olympic Gold Medalist Janet Evans
• Astronaut Joe Acaba
• Nationally Recognized Physician Dr. William Schoolcraft
• Baseball Stars Dan Petry, Phil Nevin and Brett Boone
 
Supportive Community
• 200,000 hours in volunteer time each year
• Nearly $1 million in gifts each year
 
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