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Santa Ana Unified School District’s Middle College High School Named 2021 California Distinguished School

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has named the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Middle College High School (MCHS) as a 2021 California Distinguished School.  

MCHS, located on the Santa Ana College (SAC) campus, is among 222 schools statewide to receive the distinction from the California Department of Education (CDE). 

The CDE identifies and awards eligible schools based on performance and progress on state indicators specified on the California School Dashboard, the state’s accountability and continuous improvement system. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate. 

MCHS is in its 24th year of continued partnership with Santa Ana College, which allows students to receive a personalized high school experience in a college setting. All students are dual enrolled at both MCHS and SAC. Eighty percent of students graduate with at least one year of college credits completed and almost half graduate with an associate’s degree. 

Distinguished Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful, data-driven school efforts ranging from professional development to positive behavior intervention. 

“Our thanks go to the entire communities surrounding these schools, including the teachers, administrators, and classified employees as well as the students and their families who, through teamwork, all accomplished this impressive achievement together,” Thurmond said.