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A 2023 CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL
Canyon Elementary School District has been named a 2023 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. Since its inception in 1985, the California Distinguished Schools Award remains one of the important ways to celebrate exceptional schools, districts, teachers, and classified employees for their innovation, talent, and success in supporting students.
The exceptional 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.
The California Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools for their excellent work in one of two categories: 1) Closing the Achievement Gap and 2) 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, schools were selected by analyzing data reported through the 2022 Dashboard, including assessment results, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data. California Schools Dashboard
Canyon School is honored to be recognized as a 2023 California Distinguished School. Congratulations to our dedicated Canyon School staff, and to our amazing students, families, volunteers and community members. We could not achieve this distinction without all of your support!
What’s with the raven?
The new school logo was created by Canyon School parent and local resident, Kelley Westling. Crows and ravens are akin to Canyon. They often swoop onto the school playground from redwood tree limbs high above.