Hacienda Heights and Walnut elementaries named California Distinguished Schools

Fifteen elementary schools in eight San
Gabriel Valley School Districts were recently recognized as California
Distinguished Schools for their exceptional educational programs.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson last
week announced 387 total public elementary schools across the state as
part of the 2012 program.

The 2012 California Distinguished Schools Program honors
schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students
and progress in narrowing the achievement gap.

The following local schools were named as distinguished schools:

Bonita Unified: Allen Avenue, Arma J. Shull, LaVerne Heights and Oak Mesa elementary schools

Covina-Valley Unified: Barranca Elementary

Garvey: Hillcrest Elementary

Hacienda La Puente Unified: Los Molinos and Sparks elementary schools

Pomona Unified: Neil Armstrong Elementary

San Gabriel Unified: Coolidge Elementary

Walnut Valley Unified: Walnut Elementary

West Covina Unified: Merlinda, Monte Vista and Wescove elementary schools and San Jose Charter Academy