Five elementary schools in Pleasanton were recognized Wednesday as 2014 California Distinguished Schools by State Superintendent of Public instruction Tom Torlakson.
The five are Donlon, Hearst, Mohr, Walnut Grove and Vintage Hills elementary schools.
These schools have shown academic excellence and "have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap," Torlakson said in announcing the achievements.
"I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success," Torlakson said. "This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support."
Each Distinguished School will be given a plaque and flag at an award ceremony in June.
"We are extremely proud of our students, staff and parent communities who work together to make our schools such extraordinary places," said Superintendent Parvin Ahmadi. "Students come to school every day excited and ready to learn, knowing there are caring adults to nurture them. These schools are indeed very deserving of the Distinguished School Awards."
Elementary and secondary schools (middle and high schools) are honored in alternate years. This year's focus was elementary schools, and last year's focus, which was directed toward middle schools, led to recognition of Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton as a California Distinguished School.