Claremont is one of 162 schools – and the only one in Oakland – named as a California Distinguished School in 2019 by the state Department of Education.

It is the first time Claremont has received the honor, which is for “outstanding education programs and practices,” according to the state Department of Education.

“Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years.”

“It’s been a long journey, we have been working hard,” Principal Jonathan Mayer told KPIX-5 citing improvement in math and English scores over the past two years. “Our teachers have done an amazing job, and over the last five years we’ve had a tremendous turnaround. So we were honored for especially the work of the last two and a half years.”

Schools recognized as awardees hold the title for two years. A group of Claremont teachers will be honored along with the other schools at an event in April at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

Way to go Knights!


View the pdf version of Claremont’s Distinguished Schools Application.