Five Inland Schools Recognized as Best in State
Excitement was in the air last Saturday as hundreds of high school students gathered from across the region at Redlands East Valley High School for the Annual San Bernardino County Academic Decathlon. The event, which took place across two weekends, concluded on Saturday. The theme for this year’s competition was “Africa.”
Forty-one teams competed in the event, representing 25 high schools in the region. Each team consisted of nine students, and each team must consist of three students from each of three grade point categories including three A’s, three B’s and three C’s.
School districts represented at this year’s event included Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Chino Valley Unified School District, Colton Joint Unified School District, Fontana Unified School District, Redlands Unified School District, Rialto Unified School District, San Bernardino City Unified School District, Victor Valley Union High School District, and one private school, Aquinas High.
During the competition, students participated in ten events, including art and language/literature, math, economics, music, public speaking, essay writing and a college-bowl-style quiz. The winners of this year’s decathlon will be announced Thursday, February 8.
This year’s winners and other potential qualifiers will go on to represent the county at a statewide competition in March. Winners there will have an opportunity to participate nationally. In the 36 years of national competition, California has placed first 24 times and second 13 times. California has held the national title for the past 15 years.
Also last week, five inland area middle schools were recognized by the State of California among this year’s “Schools to Watch—Taking Center Stage” program. The schools were recognized for demonstrating academic excellence, social equity, and responsiveness to the needs of students.
According to the California Department of Education, the recognition is not a pass-through award. Schools were required to complete an extensive application process that was reviewed by middle grade experts. The schools retain the designation for three years and can renew the recognition provided they are successfully re-evaluated.
The winners of this year’s Schools to Watch—Taking Center Stage included Mountain View Middle School in Moreno Valley, Indio Middle School, Golden Valley Middle School in San Bernardino, Vina Danks Middle School in Ontario, and Sequoia Middle School in Fontana.