Schools honored for commitment to arts education


Nineteen school districts were selected for the California Exemplary Arts Education Award Tuesday. They will be honored in Anaheim in February.

“Congratulations to these 19 schools for their incredible commitment to arts programs, which can have significant positive effects on a student’s academic and personal life,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Arts education boosts school attendance, academic achievement, and college attendance rates. Arts programs also improve school climate and promote higher self-esteem and social-emotional development for our students.”

The winners of the 2023 Exemplary Arts Education Award are Joaquin Miller Elementary, William McKinley Elementary, Providencia Elementary and Thomas Edison Elementary in Burbank Unified; Carmel High School in Carmel Unified; Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico; Reyburn Intermediate in Clovis Unified; Cold Spring Elementary in Cold Spring Elementary School District; Washington Elementary in Compton Unified; Los Berros Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Lompoc Unified; HARTS Academy of Los Angeles, Maywood Center for Enriched Studies, South Shores/CSUDH Visual and Performing Arts, and Walter Reed Middle in Los Angeles Unified; Marina Vista Elementary in Monterey Peninsula Unified;  Franklin Elementary in Santa Barbara Unified; John C. Fremont Elementary in Stockton Unified; Temecula Valley High in Temecula Valley Unified; and Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary in the Ventura County Office of Education.


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