Temecula's elementary schools are some of the best in the state.
Four local tot-teaching shops were named distinguished schools Thursday by the California Department of Education.
The program "identifies and honors those schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap," according an education department news release.
Alamos Elementary, Nicolas Valley Elementary, Paloma Elementary and Temecula Prepatory were honored by the state for their rigorous and effective teaching programs.
In 2009, Chaparral High School and Great Oak High School were named distinguished high school by the state. Both schools fell off the honor roll when middle and high schools were reevaluated in 2011.
Officials said the 387 elementary schools recognized statewide this year set the bar high for other institutions.
"The schools we are recognizing today demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in the news release.