7 Sacramento Area Elementary Schools Named “Best Of The Best” In California

These schools demonstrate excellence

By Marilyn Nelson on January 20, 2023
(Photo by Tim Boyle/Newsmakers)

Quite an honor! Seven Sacramento County public elementary schools have been chosen for the 2023 California Distinguished Schools award

The program evaluates schools’ test scores, absenteeism, suspension rates and socioeconomic data. The schools are recognized for excellence either in closing the achievement gap or for exceptional student performance. 

Five of those schools are in the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District:

Folsom-Cordova Unified School District
• Riverview STEM Elementary
• Mangini Ranch Elementary
• Russell Ranch Elementary
• Empire Oaks Elementary
• Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary
Natomas Unified School District
• Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Elementary
Sacramento City Unified School District
• Phoebe A. Hearst Elementary

State officials rotate between awarding elementary schools and secondary schools, with high schools and middle schools set to receive recognition in 2024.