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El Morro, TOW Earn Recognition

El Morro and Top of the World Elementary Schools were named California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced last week.

“This recognition reflects the dedication and professionalism of our work force, along with an unceasing commitment by our School Board to provide a high quality education to all our students,” Superintendent Sherine Smith said, extending her congratulations.

Laguna’s elementary schools join 424 other public elementary schools statewide recognized for making progress in narrowing academic achievement gaps, which is the focus of California Distinguished Schools Program.

Schools apply for the honor and must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, which includes accountability measures, and agreeing to share their distinctive practices.

Elementary and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years; Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School were named California Distinguished Schools last year.

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