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March 30, 2012 This Friday, the California Department of Education put out their list of Distinguished Elementary Schools this week, and several charters were included in the list of over 300 public schools which received this award. The schools are selected for their innovative programs and gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) commends the schools for their positive impact not just to their students, but to their communities. These charters exemplify our collective goal to ensure that all students receive the quality education they need and deserve.

The charter schools named to the California Distinguished Elementary Schools award include the following:

  • Celerity Dyad Charter, Endeavor College Preparatory Charter, Riverside Drive Charter, Valor Academy Charter, and San Jose Charter Academy from Los Angeles County
  • Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy from San Joaquin County
  • Forest Hill Elementary, Voice College-Bound Language Academy, Charter School of Morgan Hill from Santa Clara County
  • Aspire Summit Charter Academy from Stanislaus County
  • Aspire Junior Collegiate Academy and Aspire Titan Academy from El Dorado County
  • Lincoln Elementary, and Quail Lake Environmental Charter from Fresno County

For more information on the award, which is given to elementary schools every two years, visit the CDE's website, and read their news release here. Also check out articles highlighting schools that received the award in the Los Angeles Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times and the Salinas Californian

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