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Silver Spur Elementary in Rancho Palos Verdes along with Rancho Vista Elementary received a spot on the California Department of Education's 2020 Distinguished Schools list.

File photo By Robert Casillas, Daily Breeze/ SCNG

Rancho Vista Elementary and Silver Spur Elementary are among several South Bay and Long Beach elementary schools that can now call themselves distinguished.

The Rancho Palos Verdes schools were among the more than 100 elementary schools in Los Angeles County — out of 323 statewide — to receive a spot on the “2020 Distinguished Schools” list drawn up by the California Department of Education, officials for the state agency recently announced.

“These outstanding schools don’t just educate students,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said in a statement. “They also provide the young people of California the tools they need to be successful after graduation.

“Thanks go to all the staff at these schools — teachers, administrators, classified employees — and parents,” he added, “who are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all of their students.”

Placement on the list generally requires a school to exhibit “exceptional student performance” or closure of the achievement gap from one academic year to the next, according to the Education Department.

Administrators determine eligibility by examining California School Dashboard Indicators, which track trends in test scores at each campus, as well as suspension rates and learning environment conditions. The California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress is one of the key metrics.

“Distinguished School awardees represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning and collaboration,” an Education Department statement said, “but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.”

In addition to Rancho Vista and Silver Spur, South Bay schools that made the grade are:

  • Mark Twain Elementary, in Lawndale;
  • Moffett Elementary, in Lennox;
  • Carson Street Elementary and Catskill Elementary, in Carson;
  • Halldale Elementary, in Harbor Gateway;
  • Harry Bridges Span, in Wilmington;
  • Lomita Math/Science/Technology Magnet, in Lomita;
  • Park Western Place Elementary and Point Fermin Elementary, in San Pedro;
  • Fern Elementary and Yukon Elementary, in Torrance
  • Juan de Anza Elementary in Hawthorne

Long Beach schools were Alvarado Elementary, Lafayette Elementary and Twain Elementary.

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