Nineteen Schools Selected for California Exemplary Arts Education Award

Nineteen schools have been selected to receive the California Exemplary Arts Education Award. The award honors schools that demonstrate a commitment to supporting arts education.

The schools will be honored at this year’s California School Recognition Program Ceremony in Anaheim. They are:

  • Joaquin Miller Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
  • William McKinley Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
  • Providencia Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
  • Thomas Edison Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
  • Carmel High, Carmel Unified School District
  • Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, Chico Unified School District
  • Reyburn Intermediate, Clovis Unified School District
  • Cold Spring Elementary, Cold Spring Elementary School District
  • Washington Elementary, Compton Unified School District
  • Los Berros Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Lompoc Unified School District
  • Humanities and Arts (HARTS) Academy of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Maywood Center for Enriched Studies, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • South Shores/CSUDH Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Walter Reed Middle, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Marina Vista Elementary, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
  • Franklin Elementary, Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • John C. Fremont Elementary, Stockton Unified School District
  • Temecula Valley High, Temecula Valley Unified School District
  • Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary, Ventura County Office of Education

“Congratulations to these 19 schools for their incredible commitment to arts programs, which can have significant positive effects on a student’s academic and personal life,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Arts education boosts school attendance, academic achievement, and college attendance rates. Arts programs also improve school climate and promote higher self-esteem and social-emotional development for our students.” 

The accolades come at a challenging time for art educators and their students. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed cutting $1.2 billion in discretionary funding for arts and instructional materials as part of his budget plan. 



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