El Segundo High School Named 2019 California Distinguished School

Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years. Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention. 


“I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance,” said State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. “Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.”


El Segundo High School was selected based on strong academic achievement, as well as the school’s robust Career Pathways offered in Engineering, Biomedical Science, Business, and Visual and Performing Arts. The pathways are generously funded by community, business and educational partners, such as the El Segundo Education Foundation, Project Lead the Way, High School of Business, Chevron and Murad. 


“El Segundo High School has a long-standing tradition of excellence which is highlighted once again with the California Distinguished School recognition,” said ESHS Principal Melissa Gooden. “This award symbolizes the shared vision and commitment of our stakeholder groups to provide exceptional opportunities for the students we serve. We are fortunate to have a superintendent and Board of Education that value the extensive program offerings available, as well as community partners that continuously support ESHS’ four career pathways.”


A component of the California School Recognition Program, the Distinguished Schools designation was on a three-year pause while California transitioned to its new assessment and accountability system. From 2015 to 2017, California recognized schools that demonstrated exemplary achievements with the California Gold Ribbon Schools program. The Distinguished Schools program returned last year. It recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply once every two years. Schools recognized as awardees hold the title for two years. This year, 162 middle and high schools in the state were honored as Distinguished Schools.


View the California Department of Education’s news release here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr19/yr19rel18.asp