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National Blue Ribbon

  • The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, in existence since 1982, celebrates many of America's most successful schools. Its goal is to promote and support the improvement of education in America.

    Encinal Elementary School received the National Blue Ribbon Award in 2007.

    Hillview was recognized in 1999-2000 by the United States Department of Education as one of the nation's top school

California Distinguished School

  • The California School Recognition Program was created in 1985 to communicate and reinforce the priorities of the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Each year, it identifies and honors some of the state's most exemplary and inspiring public schools.

    Encinal received the coveted California Distinguished School award for 2006

    Laurel received the California Distinguished School award for 2007

    Oak Knoll won the California Distinguished School Award in 2014 for our equity work and growth mindset instruction

    Hillview received its latest California Distinguished School award in 2009. Hillview has received 8 Distinguished School awards, more than any middle school in the state.

Kent Awards

  • The Kent Awards are presented by the San Mateo County School Boards Association in recognition of innovative teaching programs developed by a school. All four schools have received several Kent awards.

    In 2015, Oak Knoll won the Kent Award for the social-emotional learning curriculum and annual themes.
    In 2014, Laurel won a Kent Award for the Life Skills Program.
    In 2013, Encinal won a Kent award for the Fourth and Fifth Grade Advisory Program.
    In 2009, Laurel won a Kent Award for their success at Differentiated Instruction.

    In 2008, Hillview won a Kent Award for the Character Education Program, Oak Knoll won for Wellness Wednesday, and the District won a Kent for the 21st Century Classroom Project.

    In 2007, the District won a Kent Award for our Inclusion Program for Students with Disabilities.

    In 2006, Hillview won a Kent Award for the Renaissance Faire, a social studies experience for our 7th graders.

    In 2005, Encinal won a Kent Award for the Community Book Read program

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