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Torrance Schools Named 2021 CA Distinguished Schools.

More than 100 Golden State middle and high schools were honored this year. See which made the cut in the South Bay.


Bert M. Lynn Middle, Calle Mayor Middle, Casimir Middle, Edward J. Richardson Middle and Madrona Middle in Torrance were chosen as 2021 California Distinguished Schools.

The awardees were announced last week. More than 100 middle and high schools were honored; elementary and secondary schools are chosen in alternating years.

"Amid the backdrop of uncertainty and hardship facing all California schools this past year, this recognition is especially remarkable," the state Department of Education said in a news release.

Palos Verdes Intermediate was the lone Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District school chosen, but overall 31 schools in Los Angeles County were chosen.

Winners were chosen by the California Department of Education based on criteria including test scores, suspension rates and climate. Distinguished schools are recognized for their work in closing the achievement gap and top-notch student performance.

"These schools are great examples of California's commitment to provide outstanding public education for all students, and their data-driven efforts have helped ensure that their students leave with the tools and skills they need to be successful after graduation," said Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction.

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