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30 Charter Public Schools Named 2020 California Distinguished Schools

Charter public schools are ending the year, and decade, on an award-winning note. 

Earlier this week, the California Department of Education announced its list of elementary schools being named 2020 California Distinguished Schools. Thirty elementary charter public schools won the honor.   

The award recognizes schools for outstanding programs, practices, closing the achievement gap, and exceptional student performance. The winners will be honored next February during an awards ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

As the CDE notes, this award represents not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.

We want to congratulate each of the charter school principals, teachers, staff, and parents who are working tirelessly each and every day to ensure students across our state receive the quality education they deserve.

Here’s a full list of the winning charter schools:



  • Achieve Charter School of Paradise—Paradise Unified, Butte County
  • Morris E. Dailey Charter Elementary—Fresno Unified, Fresno County
  • Quail Lake Elementary Charter—Sanger Unified, Fresno County
  • Sanger Academy Charter—Sanger Unified, Fresno County
  • Ronald W. Reagan Elementary---Kingsburg Elementary Charter, Fresno County 
  • Creekside Charter—Newcastle Elementary, Placer County
  • Hickman Elementary---Hickman Community Charter, Stanislaus County 



  • Yu Ming Charter School—Alameda County Office of Education, Alameda County
  • Mission Preparatory—San Francisco Unified, San Francisco County
  • Rocketship Mosiac ElementaryFranklin-McKinley Elementary, Santa Clara County
  • Rocketship Spark Academy-- Franklin-McKinley Elementary, Santa Clara County
  • Gilroy Prep—Gilroy Unified, Santa Clara County
  • Charter School of Morgan Hill—Morgan Unified, Santa Clara County
  • Rocketship Fuerza Community Prep—Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County
  • Castlemont Elementary---Campbell Union, Santa Clara County 
  • Village---Campbell Union, Santa Clara County
  • White Oaks Elementary---San Carlos Elementary, San Mateo County
  • Liberty Elementary---Liberty Elementary, Sonoma County 



  • Beckford Charter for Enriched Studies—Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • Hesby Oaks Leadership Charter—Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • ICEF Vista Elementary Academy—Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • Libertas College Preparatory Charter—Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • Synergy Charter Academy—Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • Topeka Charter School for Advanced Studies—Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • Welby Way Charter Elementary School And Gifted-High Ability Magnet—Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • Superior Street Elementary---Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles County
  • LaVerne Elementary Preparatory Academy---Hesperia Unified, San Bernardino County
  • SD Global Vision Academy—San Diego Unified, San Diego County
  • Meadow Arts and Technology Academy—Ventura County Office of Education, Ventura County
  • Scholarship Prep---Orange County Department of Education, Orange County


Photo credit: Orange County Register