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.

92078’s San Elijo Elementary has been named 2018 California Distinguished Schools. According to the California Department of Education, 287 elementary schools across the state, and 33 elementary schools in San Diego County, are being honored under the Distinguished Schools Program this year. “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.

San Elijo Elementary opened in August 2006, and currently serves over 1,000 students in San Elijo Hills. To learn more visit