Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy was named one of 387 exemplary public elementary schools in the state of California for their innovative programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.
Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.
The application process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process, which validates the implementation of those signature practices.
Elementary and secondary schools (middle and high schools) are recognized in alternate years. This year focuses on elementary schools. Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and serve as mentors to other educators who want to replicate their work.
VSA is one of two schools in San Joaquin County that made the cut. The other is Colony Oak Elementary in Ripon Unified School District.