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Diego Perez
Coordinator of Communications
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Foster City, CA – The San Mateo-Foster City School District is delighted to announce that College Park Elementary School and North Shoreview Montessori each have been named as a 2023 California Distinguished School, according to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond’s recent announcement.

Board President Shara Watkins states, "It's a great honor for two of the San Mateo-Foster City School District elementary schools to receive this prestigious honor. I continue to be grateful and amazed at the commitment, dedication, and perseverance of our teachers, staff, students, families, and community at large. It's been an incredible time in education, and we continue to move forward and prioritize the needs of our students."

The 350 elementary schools were awarded this prestigious designation according to Mr. Thurmond, the schools recognized are illustrative of “the hard work, dedication, and resilience by educators and schools across the state after communities struggled for multiple years with urgent effects to physical and mental health and unprecedented challenges to delivering education.”

The Distinguished Schools program was on a three-year pause when California transitioned to its new assessment and accountability system from 2015 to 2017. Since 2018, the San Mateo-Foster City School District has had schools receive this prestigious designation:

CA Distinguished Schools at SMFCSD Since 2018

2020 - Baywood Elementary School

2019 - Borel Middle School

2019 - Bowditch Middle School

2018 - College Park Elementary

“It has been incredible to see the tremendous work from our staff, students and parents who all partake in this prestigious award for our schools in San Mateo and Foster City” states Superintendent Ochoa.

Since 1985, California Distinguished Schools have been a crucial manner in which exceptionally performing schools are celebrated by the State of California. Mr. Thurmond states in his letter, “the California Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools for their excellent work in one of two categories: closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.”

Superintendent Ochoa and site administration for our 2023 CA distinguished schools will attend the California School Recognition Program Award Ceremony in Anaheim, California, in February.