schoolLos Gatos High School and Saratoga High School have been named California Distinguished Schools, making them two of 218 distinguished middle and high schools in the state. The awards are based on the schools’ API scores, plus programs that are designed to improve student achievement.

LGHS had a 2012 API score of 886, while Saratoga’s score was 933. The average high school API score statewide is 752.

Los Gatos High School was recognized for its Freshman Transition Plan and for the CASSY counseling and support program, while Saratoga High School’s Media Arts and CrossFit Physical Education programs were used in the distinguished schools analysis. All the programs are designed to link student academic achievement with diverse learning opportunities and a culture that supports students’ emotional and physical wellbeing.

A Distinguished School Celebration and Recognition event will be held on May 17th at the Marriott Hotel in Santa Clara.

By Judy Peterson at Mercury News