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2024 California Distinguished School

On Thursday, February 29th (Leap Day), Principal Castro received a letter from State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, that Northridge Academy has been named as a 2024 California Distinguished School. Castro will attend the California School Recognition Program (CSRP) Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 3, 2024, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Presented by the California Department of Education (CDE), the Awards Ceremony is a celebratory day to recognize winning school's outstanding achievements.

Specifically, schools were selected by analyzing data reported through the 2023 Dashboard, with a focus on demonstrating excellence and growth in academic achievement and ensuring a positive school climate.


Schools are recognized for exceptional student performance based on achieving exemplary performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, reducing suspensions, and demonstrating high graduation rates (high schools only).


Schools recognized for closing the achievement gap enroll at least 40 percent of their students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and, in addition to demonstrating exemplary overall performance in ELA and math, achieve accelerated academic growth for one or more historically underserved student groups.


Information regarding the 2023 Dashboard is provided on the CDE California School Dashboard and System of Support web page at


You can view the news release announcing the 2024 Distinguished Schools on the CDE News Releases Year 2024 web page at


If you have any questions regarding the California Distinguished Schools Program, please contact the CDE Awards Team by email at [email protected].