Three local schools were recognized as California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education during a formal ceremony Friday in Sacramento.
Nevada Union High School. Ghidotti Early College High School and Pleasant Valley School were among 293 schools that received the achievement out of the 10,000 schools in the state, said Mike Blake, Nevada Union principal.
The Distinguished School award is based on the overall strength of the school based on criteria such as test scores, graduation rates and two particular programs that contribute to student excellence and achievement.
Nevada Union chose its partnership program and home-based program; Ghidotti chose its school purpose of early high school completion and community college class credit, and targeted preparation of students for a four-year college; and Pleasant Valley chose its Wednesday of Worth in-service days for teacher development and collaboration and student support services, including Olweus bully prevention.
Ten staff members from Nevada Joint Union High School District, joined by Stan Miller, county assistant superintendent, as well as Debra Sandoval, superintendent of Pleasant Valley and Ready Springs, and other Pleasant Valley staff members, attended the ceremony.
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