Tony Tobin Elementary School in the Temecula Valley Unified School District was one of 424 public elementary schools named a 2014 California Distinguished School by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Wednesday. This award highlights a school for its strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.
Superintendent of Temecula Valley Unified School District, Tim Ritter said “This is a great accomplishment not only for the students, principal, teachers, staff, and families of Tony Tobin Elementary but for the whole community as well. The process to become a California Distinguished school is an arduous one, so this accomplishment should be celebrated and acknowledged.”
To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. The process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process focused on the implementation of those signature practices.
“I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson said. “This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support.”
Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and become a mentor to those seeking to replicate their work.