3 SLO County schools win statewide honors

Morro Bay High School
Morro Bay High School The Tribune

Three schools in San Luis Obispo County have been named California Distinguished Schools for 2013: Morro Bay High School, Templeton High School and Templeton Middle School.

The honor recognizes the schools' "strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement," said state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson in a news release.

“These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college,” Torlakson said. “Given the enormous challenges schools have faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so many schools. Our future depends on meeting the needs of every student no matter where they come from or where they live.”

To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures, he said. Once deemed eligible, schools can apply. A written application must include a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process, which validates the implementation of those signature practices.

Elementary and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years.