State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Six California Schools Chosen as 2015-16 Exemplars of 21st Century Learning

January 7, 2016

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According to a press release issued from the CDE on January 6, 2016, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said he is pleased that more than one-third of the schools, districts, and programs chosen throughout the nation as Exemplars of 21st Century Learning are in California.

Six California schools and one pre-kindergarten program were among the 19 schools and districts to earn this prestigious designation, which is given out by the national coalition Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21). (For more information, please visit the P21 Web site at Two are charter schools: Bullis Charter School, Los Altos and National University Academy, Kearney Mesa Campus, San Diego.

Read the p21 press release.

"I'm pleased that so many of these schools and districts designated as national models are in California. That is a great tribute to our state's dedicated, innovative, and hardworking educators, parents, and students." said Torlakson. "These schools showcase the ways in which 21st century learning boosts student achievement, engagement, and preparation for lifelong learning and success."

The 2016 California P21 Exemplars are:

  • Bullis Charter School, Los Altos
  • Montgomery Middle School, El Cajon
  • National University Academy, Kearney Mesa Campus, San Diego
  • Rancho Minerva Middle School, Vista
  • Vitoriano Elementary School, Moreno Valley
  • Visalia Technical Early College (VTEC) High School, Visalia
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (pre-K program), City of Industry

Applications are being accepted for the 2016-17 P21 Exemplar Program. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2016. The application is available on the P21 website here.