Kensington Elementary named a 2018 California Distinguished School

California Superintendent Tom Torlakson (right)

Kensington Elementary is one of 287 elementary schools across the state to be named 2018 California Distinguished Schools by the California State Department of Education.

The annual designations were announced this week by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

Kensington is the only West Contra Costa Unified District school to receive the honor this year, and one of just seven in Contra Costa County. Others honored were Del Ray, Glorietta, and Wagner Ranch of the Orinda Union School District, and Bollinger Canyon, Coyote Creek, and Rancho Romero of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

To qualify, elementary schools that applied for the honor had to prove they “have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education,” according to the Contra Costa Office of Education. Test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress are among the indicators. The award recognizes teaching, learning, and collaborating as well as efforts to improve school climate with tools such as conflict resolution and positive behavior intervention.

 “These 287 honored schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said in a statement. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”

For more information about this program, visit the California Distinguished Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s website.