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Five Santa Barbara County schools named California Distinguished Schools


January 10, 2023

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has announced that five Santa Barbara County elementary schools have been named 2023 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education (CDE).  The Distinguished Schools program returned this year, after a temporary suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2023, only elementary schools were eligible in California. Awardees will hold the title for two years.

Santa Barbara County’s 2023 Distinguished Schools are:

  • Cold Spring School in the Cold Spring School District

  • Foothill Elementary School in the Goleta Union School District

  • Kellogg Elementary School in the Goleta Union School District

  • Mountain View Elementary School in the Goleta Union School District

  • Peabody Charter School in the Santa Barbara Unified School District

“We are proud of the exceptional education programs and practices demonstrated by these schools. This award highlights their outstanding work, and we are thrilled their incredible efforts have been recognized by the California Department of Education,” said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido. “Congratulations to the students, families, and staff!”

The Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators, such as test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate, as specified by the California School Dashboard.

Every year, two California Distinguished Schools are also eligible to be recognized as a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools awardee.

The 2023 California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony will take place on Feb. 16, 2023.

Read State Superintendent Tony Thurmond’s announcement at: