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The Dr. TJ Owens Early College Academy (GECA) has been named one of 162 California Distinguished Schools by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond. Sponsored by the California Department of Education, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years.

“I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance,” Thurmond said. “Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.”

Schools that invited to apply were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and graduation rates. 

Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.  Six Gilroy Unified School District Schools have been named California Distinguished Schools since 1994.  In addition to GECA's designation, Gilroy High School (1993 and 2009), Glen View Elementary School (1997), Las Animas Elementary School (2008), Ascencion Solorsano MIddle School (2013), and Rod Kelley Elementary School (2018) have all received this designation as well.  GECA also was named a California Distinguished School in 2013.

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