Twelve elementary schools from San Ramon Valley have been selected as a 2014 California Distinguished School, announced Wednesday by state superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson.
The annual award recognizes California's most exemplary public schools.
The following schools received the honor:
* Bollinger Canyon Elementary School in San Ramon
* Coyote Creek Elementary School in San Ramon
* Golden View Elementary School in San Ramon
* Greenbrook Elementary School in Danville
* Hidden Hills Elementary School in San Ramon
* John Baldwin Elementary School in Danville
* Live Oak Elementary School in San Ramon
* Neil Armstrong Elementary School in San Ramon
* Rancho Romero Elementary School in Alamo
* Sycamore Valley Elementary School in Danville
* Tassajara Hills Elementary School in Danville
* Vista Grande Elementary School in Danville
"This is a fabulous honor for our entire school community," said Pat Hansen, principal at Vista Grande. "We have an amazing staff and student body, and the support we receive from our parents and community is incredible."
The San Ramon Valley Unified School District had the second-most schools picked statewide, coming behind only the Los Angeles Unified School District, which had 22 schools honored.
SRVUSD schools have received this honor 84 times, more than any other district in the state.
"We are so proud of our schools that worked very hard through this process," said SRVUSD Superintendent Mary Shelton. "This is another feather in our cap, and a great example of an already high-performing district continuing to work hard on improving student academic achievement."
The schools selected for the award will be recognized in early June during regional award ceremonies.
"I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success," Torlakson said of the 424 schools. "This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support."