Killian Elementary School was named by the California Department of Education as a 2018 California Distinguished School, the state’s highest designation for excellence in education that recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.
“The Board of Education and I are extremely proud of this outstanding recognition for Killian Elementary that represents the innovative learning taking place across Rowland Unified,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Julie Mitchell. “Recognitions such as being named a California Distinguished School are made possible through the hard work and dedication of all of our educators and staff, working in partnership with our parents and community. We congratulate everyone for this significant achievement and honor.” 

Killian Elementary was selected for work in the area of Small Group Reading Instruction leading to Reader’s Workshop. The instructional focus of reading includes professional development for teachers, instructional practices in the classroom, student support and parent/community connections.

After a three-year break, the California Distinguished Schools Program returns and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. Killian Elementary is one of 287 elementary schools named as a 2018 California Distinguished School. Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California Accountability Model and School Dashboard  website. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress.  

“We are all very excited about being selected as a Distinguished School. The faculty and staff at Killian work diligently to provide an exceptional educational program to all of our students,” said Killian Elementary Principal Karen Magana. Killian Elementary will be honored at the California School Recognition Ceremony on May 3, 2018 in Anaheim.