The California Department of Education's California Schools Recognition Program (CSRP) recognizes California's exemplary students, teachers, classified employees, schools, and districts for achievement and for advancing excellence in education. It includes a series of distinct events recognizing awardees, including California Distinguished Schools and California Green Ribbon Schools.

California Distinguished Schools Program 

The California Distinguished Schools (DS) Program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California DS Award once every two years. Schools recognized as a California DS Awardee hold the DS Title for two years. The Curriculum Services program at the County Office of Education provides information and technical assistance to schools interested in applying for recognition as Distinguished Schools. For more information about the California Distinguished Schools Program, including applications and lists of previous winners, visit the California Department of Education web site.

Karen Gnusti

Administrator, Educational Services

Email: kgnusti@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5331

Terri Aiello

Administrative Assistant, Curriculum and Instructional Services

Email: (650) 802-5330

Phone: taiello@smcoe.org