Middle College High named 2024 California Distinguished School

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Middle College High named 2024 California Distinguished School
Contra Costa College campus. (Photo by Kathy Chouteau)

Middle College High School of the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) was named as a 2024 California Distinguished School

The school, which is no stranger to impressive state and national performance rankings, is among seven schools in Contra Costa County, and the only school in the WCCUSD, to earn the title of California Distinguished School this year. In total, 293 midle schools and high schools throughout the state are selected for the prestigious award.

Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years in the California Distinguished Schools program. Awardees hold the title for two years.

The California Department of Education selects California Distinguished Schools based upon the previous years’ performance on state indicators specified on the California School Dashboard. State indicators aim to gauge academic standing and school climate.

Middle College has operated at Contra Costa College since 1989 and provides a rigorous academic program that enables students to obtain their high school diploma while taking college courses and earning college credit. U.S. News World Report routinely ranks the school among the nation’s best schools. Last year, the school was once again named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Other schools in Contra Costa County earning the distinction of 2024 California Distinguished School are Acalanes and Miramonte high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District, M.H. Stanley Middle School in the Lafayette Elementary School, Martinez Junior High School in the Martinez Unified School District, Diablo View Middle School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Pine Valley Middle School in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. 

“Congratulations to the students, teachers and staff at each of these schools,” Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Lynn Mackey said. “These exceptional schools are examples of the excellent public education available to students in our county and should be celebrated for their innovation, talent and success in supporting students.” 

For more information, please visit the CDE California Distinguished Schools Program web page.