For the fourth time in a quarter century, Foothill High School has been recognized as a California Distinguished School by the state Department of Education.
Schools with outstanding academic performance for two consecutive years or that close the achievement gap between two school years are considered among the best K-12 public campuses in the state.
“We are extremely proud to receive this statewide honor and look forward to celebrating with our Foothill community,” Foothill principal Sebastian Bull said in a statement. “This recognition belongs to our amazing students, families and staff for always striving for excellence.”
Foothill is one of 13 schools in Alameda County to receive the honor this year; Foothill first received the award in 1994, and again in 2001 and 2005. In total, 158 California schools were recognized this year by new State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.
To qualify for distinguished status, schools are judged on factors outlined by the California School Dashboard including test scores and graduation and suspension rates for two consecutive years, or erasing achievement gaps over the same period.
Distinguished schools also have exceptional teaching and positive school environments that encourage teamwork. Elementary, middle and high schools are all recognized by the state program in alternate years; eligible schools may apply once every two years.
Pleasanton Unified School District Superintendent David Haglund congratulated the school on its “well-deserved recognition,” in a statement, adding, “Thank you to our amazing Foothill community for the effort and support that contributed to this distinction and continues to help our Falcons soar.”