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Stanford, Rogers Up For Top State Honor

Stanford and Rogers middle schools have qualified as statewide finalists for the prestigious California Distinguished School Award. Teams of educators recently visited the schools to determine whether the finalists will receive the top award from the California Department of Education. To earn the award, schools compete in rigorous selection and screening. Winning schools may apply for the National Blue Ribbon Award. The winning schools must demonstrate high academic expectations for all students, achievement above state standards, strong leadership, competent and caring teachers focused on standards, and outstanding curriculum. Statewide winners also must show exemplary family involvement and partnerships with the business community, comprehensive guidance and counseling services, ample support for students with a wide range of needs, and a safe learning environment that promotes citizenship, caring, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. Both Rogers and Stanford are previous winners of this honor. This year’s winners will be announced Tuesday, April 17.