Ada S. Nelson School Named a 2018 California Distinguished School!!!!!

The Los Nietos School Board is pleased to announce that Ada S. Nelson School was named a 2018 California Distinguished School on April 2, 2018. The honor is given to only select schools that qualify for consideration based on outstanding progress with increasing student achievement. Ada S. Nelson School was one 287 schools in the State of California and one of only two schools in the city of Whittier that received the award from the California Department of Education.


State Superintendent of Public Instruction stated the following concerning the award winners, “These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”


The California Distinguished Schools Program was on a three-year pause while California transitioned to its new assessment and accountability system. From 2015–17 California recognized schools that demonstrated exemplary achievements with the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. The California Distinguished School Program recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply for the California Distinguished School Award once every two years.


Superintendent Vasquez and the Los Nietos School District would like to congratulate Principal Marla Duncan and the Ada S. Nelson School Staff for their hard work and dedication to the students of Nelson School and for being recognized as a 2018 California Distinguished School.