The California Distinguished Schools Program has returned after a three-year break, replacing the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently made the announcement that 287 schools were being honored under this program.

The San Diego Unified School District has 16 traditional elementary schools and one charter school on the list of nearly 300 elementary schools recognized statewide. Miramar Ranch Elementary and Jerabek Elementary were the Scripps Ranch schools recognized as part of the list.

“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” said Torlakson in a news release.

For a complete list of honorees and to learn more about the program, visit