Press Release - Six San Mateo County Schools Receive 2018 California Distinguished School Award

Six San Mateo County Schools Receive 2018 California Distinguished School Award

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.–Six San Mateo County elementary schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. Award winners include:

  • Cipriani Elementary (Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District),
  • Sandpiper Elementary (Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District),
  • Lincoln Elementary (Burlingame Elementary School District),
  • North Hillsborough (Hillsborough City Elementary School District),
  • Encinal Elementary (Menlo Park City Elementary School District), and
  • College Park Elementary (San Mateo-Foster City School District).

According to a letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the California Distinguished Schools program recognizes individual schools that have demonstrated significant gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students by meeting state indicators, as described on the California School Dashboard.

San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Anne E. Campbell was happy to learn of the awards and commented, “The Distinguished School Award recognizes both the commitment and hard work of our school districts and schools in providing students with a great education. San Mateo County schools are moving in the right direction, and it’s exciting to honor this year’s six award winners from San Mateo County.”

All recipients will be honored at the first California Gathering of Great Educators on Friday, May 4, 2018, as well as at an awards ceremony on May 3rd. The San Mateo County Board of Education will recognize the schools at its June 6th meeting.

The Distinguished School program was on a three-year pause while California transitioned to its new assessment and accountability system. From 2015 to 2017, California recognized schools that demonstrated exemplary achievements with the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

To view a list of the 2018 California Distinguished Schools, please visit the California Department of Education’s website at


The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to ensuring excellence and equity in education by inspiring students, investing in teachers, invigorating leaders and involving communities.

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