Blue Oaks, Jefferson schools are 'Distinguished'

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Three Roseville-area schools are among those being honored as California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education said Thursday. Blue Oaks and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools, both in the Roseville City School District, have earned the distinction, according to a CDE press release. The California Distinguished School program identifies and honors the state's most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Participation is voluntary, and the award is highly sought after by schools in all areas of the state. Elementary and secondary schools are recognized during alternate years. The two Roseville schools were among 343 elementary schools from 189 districts in 39 counties to be selected for the honor. "These outstanding elementary schools represent many different kinds of communities, organizational structures, and student populations," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. "Sixty-four of these schools come from small, rural communities, 11 are charter schools, and nearly half or 156 schools have significant populations of students living in poverty and are supported by federal Title I funding." This year, the selection criteria for the Distinguished School program were more stringent than ever. Schools wrote a substantive narrative application and then were subject to an extensive site validation. "Most heartening, many of the schools we are recognizing today as the ' best of the best' have overcome significant educational challenges, showing that it is possible to provide opportunities for success to all students," O'Connell said.