California Department of Education Superintendent Delaine Eastin announced Thursday the winners of the 2002 California Distinguished School Awards — and Sunflower Elementary School in El Centro was one of the 247 schools named.
"This is the culmination of sheer hard work and dedication on the part of our teachers, our students and our parents," said Robert Duncan, Sunflower's principal.
Initiated in 1985, the California Distinguished Schools program honors elementary and secondary schools.
With 5,000 elementary schools in California, 1,700 of those schools were eligible to apply for the award based upon their Academic Performance Index results.
To be selected for recognition, eligible schools participate in a competitive selection process and are visited by a team from the state education department as part of that process.