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Millikin Basics+ Elementary School Named California Distinguished School

Congratulations to Millikin Basics+ Elementary School for being named a 2023 California Distinguished School. This coveted achievement celebrates exceptional schools, districts, teachers, and classified employees for their innovation, talent, and success in supporting students.

The California Department of Education (CDE) says that the elementary schools recognized this year are illustrative of the hard work, dedication, and resilience shown by educators and schools across the state after communities struggled for multiple years with urgent effects to physical and mental health and unprecedented challenges to delivering education. 

“It is my pleasure to honor and recognize these 356 elementary schools for providing outstanding public education and opportunities to students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Their innovation and hard work have helped to ensure their students can heal, recover, and thrive—even in the toughest times. California Distinguished Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful, data-driven school efforts ranging from professional development for educators to mental health and social-emotional wellness strategies to address the needs of students and families.”

The California Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools for their excellent work in one of two categories: closing the achievement gap and achieving exceptional student performance. To select California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) uses multiple measures to identify eligible schools based on their performance on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). Specifically, the 356 elementary schools that are being recognized this year were selected by analyzing data reported through the 2022 Dashboard, including assessment results, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data. Information regarding the 2022 Dashboard is provided on the CDE California School Dashboard and System of Support web page.

Millikin will be recognized as a Distinguished School honoree at the California School Recognition Program (CSRP) Awards Ceremony on February 16, 2023, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Presented by the CDE, the ceremony is a celebratory day to recognize the school’s outstanding achievements.

You can view the news release announcing this year’s Distinguished Schools on the CDE News Releases Year 2023 webpage.