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Sycamore Canyon School Honored as a 2018 California Distinguished School

Conejo Valley Unified School District’s Sycamore Canyon School was announced as a 2018 California Distinguished School by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson yesterday.

The 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

Sycamore Canyon School Congratulations banner“We are extremely proud of our Sycamore Canyon School, and the exemplary standard for academic achievement that they provide for students each and every day,” Dr. Mark McLaughlin, Superintendent of Conejo Valley Unified School District said.

Sycamore Canyon School is one of just three elementary schools in all of Ventura County, and one of 287 elementary schools statewide to receive this 2018 honor.

Schools that applied for the honor were eligible based on their performance and progress on state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard.

“Our community of devoted teachers, administrators, support staff, and families work together to ensure phenomenal educational outcomes for our students,” Sycamore Canyon’s Principal Doug Hedin said. “We are honored to receive this recognition from the state. It is a true testament to Sycamore Canyon’s innovative teachers, and administrators who are dedicated to each and every one of our students attaining success in the classroom and beyond.” 

Sycamore Canyon School offers a Multi-Tiered System of Support to meet the needs of all students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. This system of support focuses on both the academic success and socio-emotional well-being of its students.

Additional highlights of the school include a host of unique enrichment opportunities for students to participate in such as Band, Strings, Choir, CRPD After School, Noetic Math and more.

Sycamore Canyon School and the Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.


It has been three years since the California Department of Education last bestowed schools with Distinguished School Program honors. The 2018 Distinguished School Program replaces the California Gold Ribbon School Program.


Congratulations to all of the 2018 California Distinguished Schools.


View the California Department of Education News Release for the complete list of 2018 California Distinguished Schools.
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