TUSD Celebrates Six Campuses Named California Distinguished Schools
The Tustin Unified School District is excited to celebrate six of our schools, Heritage Elementary, Hicks Canyon Elementary, Myford Elementary, Red Hill Elementary, Tustin Memorial Academy and Orchard Hills School, honored as 2023 California Distinguished Schools.
These outstanding schools are a part of a select group of only 38 recognized in Orange County as announced by State Superintendent of Public Schools Tony Thurmond on Friday. In total, 356 schools across the state were celebrated for their ability to provide a quality education to students while navigating the effects of the pandemic.
Conceived in 1985, the California Distinguished School Award honors exceptional schools, districts, teachers and classified employees for their innovation, talent and success in supporting students. Schools were selected based on their performance on state indicators in the California School Dashboard, including assessment results, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternating years, with recipients holding their title for two years.
“We are absolutely thrilled to share that Heritage, Myford, Hicks Canyon, Red Hill, Tustin Memorial Academy and Orchard Hills have all been named California Distinguished Schools, the State’s highest honor for public schools,” shared Superintendent Dr. Mark Johnson. “This is a testament to the hard work of our students, teachers, support staff, administrators and families. Tustin Unified School District has a rich tradition of academic excellence, and we are both grateful and proud of everyone who continues to contribute to this legacy, not just at these schools but throughout our entire District.”