The California Distinguished School Recognition Program was created in 1985 to publicize and reinforce the priorities of the State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. The program identifies and honors many of the state's exemplary and inspiring public schools with the California Distinguished School Award. Although participation is voluntary, the award is highly sought after by schools in all regions of the state. Approximately five percent of California's public schools are selected each year, and no fewer than 40 counties are typically represented. Schools selected for recognition are honored as Distinguished Schools at a statewide awards ceremony where the State Superintendent will present each school with a California Distinguished School plaque and flag. The event and awards are funded by donations from many of California's most prominent corporations and statewide education organizations. Below you will find pictures of our Pioneer Schools at the awards ceremonies!


Pioneer Middle School received the distinction of being honored as a California Distinguished School for 2007.

Award Night

Frontier Elementary School received the distinction of being honored as a California Distinguished School for 2012.