Welcome to The Visitor’s Guide to High Performing Elementary Schools (Visitor’s
Guide), featuring profiles of the California School Recognition Program Distinguished
School Honorees, Title I Academic Achieving Schools, and National Blue Ribbon Schools.
Starting in 2006, all California schools receiving these awards were invited to contribute to the
Visitor’s Guide by submitting one to three signature practices they believe have
had a positive effect on student performance. Some of the practices presented in
the school profiles--events, actions, and programs--were initiated recently; others
have been in place longer. Some of the schools describe holistic or schoolwide practices
that have become part of the school’s fabric or culture.
The intent of the Visitor’s Guide is to provide a glimpse into some of California’s
most successful elementary schools and practices they perceive to have supported
their success. Ideally, the Visitor’s Guide will lead a visiting school to contact
a participating school in order to learn more about a particular practice that may
be of interest to the visiting school.
The Visitor’s Guide may be searched by school location or by one of the six categories
of school programs. The category “Curriculum and Instruction” is divided into subcategories
provided in drop-down menus.
*The signature practice descriptions were submitted by the schools. The California
Department of Education does not endorse or advocate the use of any particular programs
outside of the State Board of Education-adopted instructional materials.
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