Killian Elementary Named 2020 California Distinguished School



Blandford Elementary, Killian Elementary and Ybarra Academy Honored


ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – JANUARY 15, 2020 – Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell announced that three of schools in the District were named by the California Department of Education as 2020 California Distinguished Schools – Blandford Elementary, Killian Elementary and Ybarra Academy of Arts and Technology.  This is the state’s highest designation for excellence in education named for their outstanding educational programs that meet student needs, resulting in student achievement and success. These schools will be honored at the California School Recognition Ceremony on February 10 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

“The Board of Education and I are thrilled to congratulate our teachers and staff for their incredible hard work and focus that provide exceptional learning experiences for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell.

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Killian Elementary is being recognized for its instructional focus and commitment to literacy by implementing Readers Workshop in every classroom across the school. The areas of emphasis are student engagement, reading fluency, decoding and comprehension. "Our entire school community is excited about receiving this recognition in 2018 and again this year,” said Principal Karen Magana. “This award reflects the hard work and commitment of our teachers, staff, students and parents." Killian Elementary is located at 19100 E. Killian Avenue in Rowland Heights. Principal Karen Magana can be reached at (626)964-6409.


The California Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Blandford Elementary, Killian Elementary and Ybarra Academy are among 323 elementary schools named for this achievement. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate. Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.