R.H. Dana Middle School named a California Distinguished School

Logo for the California Distinguished Schools program.

R.H. Dana Middle School has been recognized as a California Distinguished School Awardee for 2021.

The California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes schools that demonstrate exemplary achievements. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

This is Dana Middle School’s fourth time receiving the distinction. Since 2000, Wiseburn USD schools have received the Distinguished Schools honor a total of ten times across the district’s four schools.

A component of the California School Recognition Program (CSRP), the California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California Distinguished School Award once every two years. Schools recognized as a California Distinguished School Awardee hold the title for two years.

In 2021, California recognized outstanding education programs and practices in middle and high schools. California used a multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard.

This year’s recognition focused on schools that made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and standards adopted by the state for all students. The California dashboard showcased Dana’s academic progress with an overall increase of 5.2 points in English Language Arts and a 12 point increase in mathematics.

Dana’s commitment to personalization of learning, which includes workshop strategies, student choice, and data driven instruction, positively contributes to academic success for all students.