Awards and Achievements » Awards and Achievements 2019-2020

Awards and Achievements 2019-2020

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What a Difference a Year Makes…
ESUSD Significant Accomplishments 2019-2020                          


El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD)

  • Successfully recognized as only two Project Lead the Way Distinguished Districts for 2019-2020 in the state of California, and one of 24 in the nation
  • Successfully ranked as Top 3% Best School Districts in America and top 8% in California on Niche
  • Rolled out the ESUSD Graduate Profile and began to align practices to achieve student attainment of profile competencies
  • Rolled out a new school district logo and motto
  • Adopted new Board of Education Goals for the Future 2020-2024
  • Issued $27 Million dollars in Series A Bonds to begin implementation of Phase 1 of Measure ES bond projects
  • Rephased and rescoped Measure ES implementation from four to three issuances and reassigned projects accordingly
  • Finalized Joint Agreements with City of El Segundo for RSS parking lot
  • Trained a third cohort of faculty teams in the Yale Institute for Social Emotional Learning’s RULER program.
  • Selected to host a visit from members of League of Innovative Schools. Digital Promise sponsors 114 school districts in the League of Innovative Schools which are selected based upon leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration
  • Swiftly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted in school closures and implemented Distance Learning on March 16, 2020


Center Street School: Green Ribbon School/California Gold Ribbon School

  • Successfully recognized for a California Civic Award of Merit


Richmond Street School: California Gold Ribbon School

  • Successfully launched AMP’d program at RSS and ESMS that was featured in Altitude Learning Newsletter
  • Prominently featured in Digital Promise video highlighting RULER program for social-emotional learning


El Segundo Middle School: Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage/Gold Ribbon School/Civic Learning Award of Merit/CSBA Golden Bell Award

  • Successfully recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for innovation, leadership and educational excellence from Apple in 2019
  • Successfully launched AMP’d program at ESMS and RSS that was featured in Altitude Learning Newsletter


El Segundo High School: California Distinguished School/ Exemplary Arts Program/ CSBA Golden Bell Award/Civic Learning Award of Merit/California Democracy School/Apple Distinguished School/Six Year WASC Accreditation

  • Ranked first among South Bay comprehensive public high schools on the CAASPP results
  • Achieved a 99.1% graduation rate and ESHS graduates are accepted to top universities, including UCLA, Purdue, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern, Claremont McKenna, University of Massachusetts, Amherst and USC.
  • Successfully recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for innovation, leadership and educational excellence from Apple 2019
  • Selected as one of the top three high schools on the Westside by The Argonaut magazine


Arena High School: Six Year WASC Accreditation

  • Successfully earned a six-year WASC accreditation


ESUSD has award winning personnel

  • Alice Lee was selected as Elementary Principal of the Year 2020 by ACSA Region 14
  • Carly Finkel was selected as part of the top 25 Los Angeles County Teachers of the Year out of 73,000 teachers in Los Angeles County
  • Melissa Moore served as a panelist/speaker at numerous professional events that included USC Summer Leadership Conference, NCERT, CASH Annual Conference, ACSA Region 14 Women’s Breakfast and edWeb


ESUSD is proud of our business partners

  • El Segundo Education Foundation pledged to raise $1.8 million for ESUSD for 2019
  • Chevron continued to partner with ESUSD regarding AMP’d, PLTW Engineering and Bio-medical Pathways
  • Mattel partnered with RSS for focus groups regarding potential curriculum


ESUSD is proud of our students!

  • El Segundo High School graduating senior Madison Kellum was recently selected as a semifinalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program
  • A team of three El Segundo High School Engineering Pathway students took second place among 30 high schools competing in the 2020 Raytheon Engineering Games
  • One ESHS student was named a semi-finalist and seven ESHS students earned Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship. About 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Commended students placed in the top 50, 000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition and received recognition for their outstanding academic promise