ESHS Receives Exemplary Arts Education Program Award from California Department of Education

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recently announced El Segundo High School (ESHS) as one of twenty-two California Distinguished middle schools and high schools selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education, or Physical Activity and Nutrition.


ESHS is one of only ten 2019 California Distinguished Schools recognized for having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education. In the news release listing the honorees Superintendent Thurmond said, “Instruction outside of core academic subject areas—like job training, entrepreneurship, and STEAM—helps all students prepare for 21st century jobs and sparks creative and healthy minds. I congratulate these 22 Exemplary Program Award winners for their outstanding work.” The Exemplary Program Award winners, along with other California Distinguished Schools and award honorees, will be honored in April during a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.


ESHS was honored for its comprehensive Visual and Performing Arts Pathway, which is generously funded by the El Segundo Education Foundation and its community and business supporters, as are the other ESHS Pathways.


While many school districts today offer limited or no arts programs due to lack of available funding, the El Segundo Unified School District offers visual and performing arts enrichment education for grades K-12 thanks to the funding it receives from the El Segundo Education Foundation. The South Bay Music Association (SBMA), in coordination with band parents and volunteers, is the primary support channel for the ESHS Band. SBMA also provides educational and organizational support to ESUSD’s elementary and middle school instrumental music programs.


The goal of the Arts Education at ESHS is to develop creative, innovative, artistic and digital literacy in processes, products, and performances in visual and performing arts, while supporting students in academic growth. ESUSD has a partnership with the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) to offer students exciting internship opportunities in the art world.


ESHS’s state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center allows students to be introduced to the behind-the-scenes operations of stage management, lighting, and sound. The ESHS choir, band and color guard are all award-winning, and the choir has even been invited to perform at major events in the U.S. and internationally. In the past, the ESHS Choir has traveled and performed at places such as the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C., the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Disneyland in Paris, and on Broadway in New York City.

Learn more about the ESHS Visual and Performing Arts Pathway here:

CA Department of Education Exemplary Program Awards News Release: