A dozen Orange County elementary schools have been named California Distinguished Schools, an annual honor recognizing campuses that show leadership and innovation in academic and community programs, officials announced.
Statewide, 225 elementary schools won this year's title and will receive their awards May 22 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
The winners were selected from about 700 schools that applied, a larger pool than the usual 400 in previous years, said Carol Kennedy, head of the California School Recognition program, which oversees the competition.
The schools were judged in various categories, including school safety, teacher professionalism, family involvement and technology.
Winners include: Concordia Elementary in San Clemente; Moulton Elementary in Laguna Niguel; Valencia Park Elementary in Fullerton; McGaugh Elementary in Seal Beach; Los Alamitos Elementary; Abraham Lincoln Elementary in Corona del Mar; Golden View and Oak View elementary schools in Huntington Beach; Topaz Elementary in Fullerton; Heninger and Pio Pico elementary schools in Santa Ana; and W.R. Nelson Elementary in Tustin.