A review team of educators will visit Coast Union High School on Monday to determine its eligibility for the California Distinguished School honor, Coast Unified School District announced.
Coast Union is the only San Luis Obispo County school on the California Department of Education’s online list of 116 middle and high schools eligible for the honor this year. The school was one of 95 California schools to earn the honor in 2007. It was also selected in 1990.
Two other schools in the Coast Unified district have also been honored in recent years: Cambria Grammar School in 2006 and Santa Lucia Middle School in 2009.
The Department of Education’s Distinguished School program honors the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools and highlights successes in education. Selection is based on student improvement on standardized tests, curriculum, instruction, student support and school climate.
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Coast Union used schoolwide literacy practices, including teaching for vocabulary, student engagement strategies and use of research-backed guidance and counseling practices, said district Superintendent Chris Adams, citing Principal Karl Dearie’s summary of the school’s efforts. The steps were all taken with a goal of making students prepared and qualified to go to college. Eligible schools must apply to be considered. A team of four or five local and state educators visits each campus to determine whether it meets required qualifications as stated in its application.
Distinguished School honors alternate year to year; currently, elementary schools are honored in even-numbered years, and middle and high schools in odd-numbered years.
There is no monetary reward, but honored schools receive a special flag to fly on campus for four years.
An announcement of which schools have been honored is expected in April.