My how distinguished these nine schools look

Jill Tucker | SFExaminer

Nine San Francisco schools landed on the list of California Distinguished Schools Wednesday, a top-dog status.

They were among 424 selected, which sounds like a lot, but it’s out of 10,300 schools statewide. (The full list of distinguished schools statewide can be found here.

“I am very proud of these award-winning schools for the incredible work they do every day,” said San Francisco Superintendent Richard A. Carranza. “Receipt of this recognition represents not only the great learning that is happening for our students but also the initiative each of these schools has taken to document and share their practices with others.”

The city’s 2014 California Distinguished Schools are:
Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila
Clarendon Elementary
Grattan Elementary
Gordon J. Lau Elementary
Lawton (K-8)
Claire Lilienthal (K-8)
McKinley Elementary
Sunnyside Elementary
West Portal Elementary

The selection process includes the evaluation of test scores as well as a review of innovative and effective policies and practices.

“I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” said state Superintendent of Education Tom Torlakson. “This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support.”