Some of the things people planning a move to Silicon Valley look at in a potential new community include taxes, real estate value, crime rate, proximity to shopping, entertainment and recreation, climate, healthcare facilities and commute times. Those with children also look at the quality of local schools.
The California Department of Education recently released its list of California Distinguished Schools for 2014. Not surprisingly, many elementary schools throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties received this designation, making the communities they serve particularly attractive for parents who place a high value on their children’s education.
(NOTE: Elementary schools and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years.)
Last April, 424 elementary schools (out of 5,768 statewide) were named California Distinguished Schools by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The schools were recognized for “their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement,” the education department said in an April 30 press release.
Of those 424 schools, 39 are in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Here are those schools along with their supporting school districts.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY
Campbell Union, Rosemary Elementary
Campbell Union, Village School
Cupertino Union, Blue Hills Elementary
Cupertino Union, Dilworth Elementary
Cupertino Union, Faria Elementary
Cupertino Union, Garden Gate Elementary
Cupertino Union, Louis E. Stocklmeir Elementary
Cupertino Union, Montclaire Elementary
Evergreen, James Franklin Smith Elementary
Evergreen, Tom Matsumoto Elementary
Franklin-McKinley, Cornerstone Academy Preparatory
Franklin-McKinley, Stonegate Elementary
Los Altos, Covington Elementary
Los Gatos, Blossom Hill Elementary
Los Gatos Union, Louise Van Meter Elementary
Milpitas Unified, John Sinnott Elementary
Moreland, George C. Payne Elementary
Mountain View Whisman, Frank L. Huff Elementary
Mountain View Whisman, Monta Loma Elementary
San Jose Unified, Los Alamitos Elementary
Santa Clara County Office of Education, Bullis Charter
Sunnyvale, Cherry Chase Elementary
Union, Alta Vista Elementary
Union, Carlton Elementary
Union, Oster Elementary
SAN MATEO COUNTY
Belmont-Redwood Shores, Nesbit Elementary
Cabrillo Unified, Kings Mountain Elementary
Hillsborough City, North Hillsborough
Hillsborough City, West Hillsborough
Menlo Park City, Laurel Elementary
Menlo Park City, Oak Knoll Elementary
Millbrae, Green Hills Elementary
Millbrae, Meadows Elementary
Millbrae, Spring Valley Elementary
Portola Valley, Ormondale Elementary
Redwood City, North Star Academy
San Bruno Park, Portola Elementary
San Mateo-Foster City, College Park Elementary
South San Francisco Unified, Skyline Elementary
Being named a California Distinguished School isn’t the only factor that makes a school a great place to learn and grow, but it certainly is a good place to start for parents seeking top-flight education in their new community. Want more info on Silicon Valley schools? Call me at (650) 947-2942.
Congratulations to all our award-winning Silicon Valley elementary schools for 2014!