Douglas City Elementary is being honored as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. There are more than 10,000 schools in the state of California, and only 324 elementary schools have been chosen by the California Distinguished Schools Program to be honored. Douglas City Elementary was one of only two schools in the nine Northern California counties to earn this award and joins just 11 other schools recognized from Sacramento to the Oregon border.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said, “These outstanding schools don’t just educate students; they also provide the young people of California the tools they need to be successful after graduation. Thanks go to all the staff at these schools — teachers, administrators, classified employees — and parents, who are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all of their students.”
The program recognized Douglas City School’s success in closing the achievement gap through collaboration and a positive school climate. Assessment scores in English-Language Arts and Math reflect the dedication of teachers and classroom aides in supporting all learners as they continue to progress, regardless of current levels of academic achievements. Student progress is closely monitored which allows for families and staff to work together to develop appropriate goals and steps to success for each individual.
The Douglas City staff and upper grade students work together to design lessons and activities for students to understand, practice, and develop their schoolwide virtues. By focusing upon one virtue each month, students are given opportunities to practice these traits as individuals while collectively encouraging one another in a common pursuit of personal excellence. Schoolwide expectations span all grades and school activities, creating a campus that counts on their students, staff, and visitors to be safe, respectful and responsible.
The Douglas City staff would like to express their appreciation for the Douglas City School Board’s support of policies and practices that best support their students as well as to the families whom they work with to create a high quality educational experience for all.