3 SLO County elementary schools honored as California Distinguished Schools

clambert@thetribunenews.comMarch 29, 2012 

Three elementary schools in San Luis Obispo County have been named California Distinguished Schools by state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

Ocean View Elementary in Arroyo Grande, Sinsheimer Elementary in San Luis Obispo and Vineyard Elementary in Templeton were three of 387 elementary schools statewide to receive the honor.

They were selected because of their innovative programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap, according to a news release.

“The schools we are recognizing today demonstrate the incredible commitment of California’s teachers, administrators and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools,” Torlakson said in a statement.

The three schools have each been named a California Distinguished School in past years: Sinsheimer Elementary in 2006, Ocean View Elementary in 2002 and Vineyard Elementary in 1997.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments the Ocean View staff and students have attained,” Ocean View Principal Cynthia Ravalin said in a news release. “It is my honor to support our students and the professional staff that have earned this achievement.”

Distinguished School honors alternate year to year; elementary schools are honored in even-numbered years, middle and high schools in odd-numbered years.

To see the full list of distinguished schools, go to http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/dslisting2012.asp.

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