Chaboya Middle School was honored to be recognized as a 2019 California Distinguished School last week by the California Department of Education (CDOE). Of the 162 middle school and high school campuses announced as California Distinguished Schools, seven are in Santa Clara County and two are in Evergreen School District: Chaboya and Quimby Oak middle schools.
"It's exciting to win this award because it is recognizing how hard teachers, students, staff and parents work," Derrick Watkins, principal of Chaboya Middle School, says. "It is the sixth time our school has received this honorable designation."
The state recognition highlights public schools for "achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years," the CDOE's press release announcement says.
"I am proud of the accomplishments of our students as over 80% of Chaboya students met or exceeded the state standards in both English Language Arts and Mathematics," boasts Principal Watkins.
"Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention," the press release states.
"Our suspension rates and chronic absenteeism have declined," Principal Watkins continues. It is apparent that Chaboya's focus on academic standards and support systems like the Chaboya's Three C's Core Values and Chaboya Cudos are helping our students to continue to improve and strive to be our best."
The California Distinguished Schools program honors middle schools and high schools in odd-numbered years and elementary schools in even-numbered years. The full list can be found on the department's website.