These CA ‘Showcase’ schools get top marks for culture and climate
September 20, 2021
Fifty-two California schools have made the list of Capturing Kids’ Hearts 2020-21 National Showcase Schools.
National Showcase Schools are chosen annually through a rigorous selection process that includes measuring key performance indicators, gathering campus data, and surveying staff and students. The results represent the implementation of CKH processes as well as the culture and climate on each campus. Capturing Kids’ Hearts celebrates campuses where educators are exceeding expectations and creating an environment where students feel safe, connected and eager to learn. This year’s selection process began with 555 campuses and resulted in 325 awardees.
Many of these schools started the year with all virtual learning and then transitioned to other models including hybrid and asynchronous. It has been a roller coaster of a year for students and teachers but, despite the challenges, these National Showcase Schools have demonstrated what it looks like to consistently implement Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes, including the CKH EXCEL Teaching Model.
National Showcase Schools have found unique ways to build positive learning environments where students are excited to attend school, virtually or in person.
Capturing Kids’ Hearts 2020-21 National Showcase Schools - CA
  • Accelerated Achievement Academy, Hollister, Principal Scott Wilbur*
  • Alta Mesa Elementary School, Redding, Principal Ryan Miller*
  • Bella Vista Elementary School, Bella Vista, Principal Bev Armelino
  • Burton Elementary School, Porterville, Principal Brooke Torres*
  • Burton Middle School, Porterville, Principal Adriana Franco*
  • Calaveras Elementary School, Hollister, Principal Ken Woods*
  • California Elementary School, West Covina, Principal Lori Wilds*
  • Community Collaborative Charter School, McClellan, Principal Jon Campbell*
  • Community Outreach Academy Elementary School, McClellan, Principal Larissa Gonchar*
  • Community Outreach Academy Middle School, North Highlands, Principal Scott Jonard*
  • Dean L. Shively Middle School, South El Monte, Principal Elizabeth Evans*
  • Desert Rose Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Melanie Pagliaro*
  • El Dorado Elementary School, Lancaster, Principal Todd Coleman*
  • Empowering Possibilities International Charter, West Sacramento, Principal Jerry Kosch*
  • Futures High School, North Highlands, Principal Nataliya Panasiuk*
  • Gabilan Hills Elementary School, Hollister, Principal Monique Ruiz*
  • Gateway International School, Sacramento, Principal Joi Tikoi*
  • Higher Learning Academy, Sacramento, Principal Erin Marston*
  • Hollencrest Middle School, West Covina, Principal Joe Prestella*
  • Hollister Dual Language Academy, Hollister, Principal Monique Ruiz*
  • Jim Maples Academy, Porterville, Principal Kirk Stinson*
  • Joshua Elementary School, Lancaster, Principal Lorraine Zapata*
  • Juniper School, Redding, Principal Julie Reaves
  • La Mesa Junior High School, Santa Clarita, Principal Michele Krantz*
  • Ladd Lane Elementary School, Hollister, Principal Jeannine Ostoja*
  • Lassen View Elementary School, Redding, Principal Caryn Emerson*
  • Leona Cox Community School, Canyon Country, Principal Heather Drew
  • Leona Jackson Middle School, Paramount, Principal Kelly Anderson*
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Lancaster, Principal DeeDee Anderson
  • Manzanita Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Susan Summers
  • Mesquite Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Ken Young
  • Monte Vista Elementary School, Lancaster, Principal Janice Forte-Watson*
  • New Temple Elementary School, South El Monte, Principal Ryan Bonde*
  • New Vista Middle School, Lancaster, Principal Kymberlee Cochran*
  • Oak Grove Elementary School, Porterville, Principal Chastity Lollis*
  • Ocotillo Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Beverly Martin*
  • Orangewood Elementary School, West Covina, Principal Janet Shirley*
  • Palm Tree Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Laura Cervantes
  • Palmdale Discovery Center, Palmdale, Principal Colleen Sawyer*
  • Prado View Elementary School, Corona, Principal Ginger Prewitt
  • Quail Valley Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Carol Black*
  • Sacramento Academic & Vocational Academy (SAVA), Sacramento, Principal Morri Elliott*
  • Sequoia Middle School, Redding, Principal John Moser*
  • Summit Charter Academy Lombardi Campus, Porterville, Principal Lori Phillips*
  • Summit Charter Academy Mathew Campus, Porterville, Principal Lily Shimer*
  • Summit Charter Intermediate Academy, Porterville, Principal Rosa Guerrero*
  • Summit Collegiate Academy, Porterville, Principal Martin Medina*
  • Sunnyslope Elementary School, Hollister, Principal Joe Rivas*
  • Sycamore Elementary School, Redding, Principal Angie Biancalana*
  • Tumbleweed Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Misti Larrick*
  • William R. Buckley Elementary School, Porterville, Principal Angela Boudreaux*
  • Yucca Elementary School, Palmdale, Principal Terrie Dowling*
*Indicates schools that received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2019-2020 school year.
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