SOCES Earns the California Distinguished Schools in Los Angeles County

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to recognize the California Distinguished Schools in Los Angeles County that have earned the additional honor of having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education or Physical Activity and Nutrition.

Distinguished Schools applied separately for these honors. Nine of the 22 Exemplary Program Award winners statewide are located in our county:

  • El Segundo USD: El Segundo HS (Arts)
  • Glendale USD: Clark Magnet HS (CTE) and Crescenta Valley HS (Arts, PAN)
  • Hermosa Beach City Elementary: Hermosa Valley ES (PAN)
  • Los Angeles USD: Renaissance Arts Academy (Arts) and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (CTE)
  • Temple City USD: Temple City HS (CTE)
  • Torrance USD: West HS (Arts)
  • Walnut Valley USD: South Pointe MS (Arts)

I would also like to commend those honored in the 2019 California Green Ribbon Schools Awards program. Award winners are schools that are reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness or providing effective environmental education.

Two schools and one district in Los Angeles County have been recognized:

  • Eagle Rock Elementary/Los Angeles USD (Green Achiever and nominee for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools recognition program)
  • Los Coyotes Middle School/Norwalk-La Mirada USD (Bronze)
  • Hermosa Beach City Elementary SD (Silver)

Congratulations to all these exemplary and innovative programs for their outstanding efforts on behalf of the young people of Los Angeles County.


Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.

Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools