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harthighindianslogoState Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recognized 19 public schools, which are also 2013 Distinguished Schools, with two new state Exemplary Program Awards for their successful and innovative efforts to promote either the arts or physical activity and nutrition.

Hart High School in Newhall is one of 13 high schools and junior highs in California to be recognized for its achievements in the arts.

“If we want our students to succeed inside and outside the classroom, they need an education that takes the ‘whole child’ into account,” Torlakson said. “Encouraging creativity and good nutrition and physical activity are just some of the ways these schools are working to accomplish exactly that.”

The schools are the first to be selected for the two new exemplary program awards that reflect Torlakson’s goals outlined in his Blueprint for Great Schools report, which provides vision and direction for California’s education system.

californiadepartmentofeducation_cde_logoThe Exemplary Arts Program Award reflects Torlakson’s commitment to the arts and creative education as essential components of a high-quality comprehensive education. This program recognizes schools that, in addition to high academic achievement indicated by their Distinguished School qualifications, have committed time and resources to broad-based arts education programs that strengthen students’ creativity and encourage their personal interests.

Schools selected for the Exemplary Arts distinction have demonstrated school and community support for standards-based arts programs across multiple disciplines. These programs have made a significant impact on school culture and academic success. This award is directly related to the California Department of Education’s involvement in CREATE CA, a statewide coalition of agencies and organizations working to further arts education in California.

The Physical Activity and Nutrition Exemplary Program Award recognizes schools that are making significant strides in their school environment related to physical activity and nutrition. Active and well-nourished students demonstrate improved attendance and greater academic achievement. A healthy school environment provides clear and consistent health messages, accurate health and nutrition information and opportunities for increased physical activity.

The goals of Torlakson’s Team California for Healthy Kids initiative are increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables; increasing access to fresh, free drinking water; and increasing moderate to vigorous physical activity.

A third program, the exemplary Career Technical Education Program, has been ongoing, and the award winners were announced last month when the 2013 Distinguished Schools were named.

Elementary and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years, and this year middle and high schools were acknowledged.

 

The California Department of Education (CDE) is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov.

 

The 2013 Exemplary Arts Program Awards:

 

COUNTY

SCHOOL DISTRICT

SCHOOL

Kings Pioneer Union Elementary Pioneer Middle
Los Angeles Downey Unified Warren High
Los Angeles Hart Unified Hart High
Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Renaissance Arts Academy
Los Angeles Walnut Valley Unified South Point Middle
Orange Irvine Unified Northwood High
Orange Saddleback Valley Unified Mission Viejo High
Riverside Temecula Valley Vail Ranch Middle
Sacramento Natomas Unified Natomas Charter Performing & Fine Arts Academy
San Diego San Dieguito Union High Grossmont High
San Francisco San Francisco Unified Lowell High
Santa Clara Milpitas Unified Rancho Milpitas Middle
Sonoma Gravenstein Hillcrest Middle

 

The 2013 Physical Activity and Nutrition Exemplary Program Awards

 

COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL
Alameda Castro Valley Unified Canyon Middle
Los Angeles Downey Unified Warren High
Los Angeles Norwalk-La Mirada Unified Arlie F. Hutchinson Middle
Ventura Oak Park Unified Oak Park High

 

 

The 2013 Exemplary Career Technical Education Program Awards*

 

COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL
Los Angeles Downey Unified Warren High
Riverside Temecula Valley Unified Vail Ranch Middle

 

*These schools were first acknowledged April 11, 2013, when the 2013 Distinguished Schools Awards were announced.

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