Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy Recognized as a 2023 California Exemplary Arts Education School
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2023
Marci McFadden, Chief of Communications & Engagement
Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy Recognized as a
2023 California Exemplary Arts Education School
Second year in a row the school has been designated with this prestigious honor from the California Department of Education
Marina, CA - Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District just learned it is one of 19 schools being recognized as a 2023 California Exemplary Arts Education School by the California Department of Education.
“We are extremely proud of our vibrant arts and music programs across our district,” said PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. “Music is offered at all grade levels with instrumental music expanded at elementary schools. Theatrical arts are also a priority at both elementary and secondary grade levels. This honor for Marina Vista highlights the commitment of teachers and staff to ensure students have access to high-quality arts education.”
MVEAA demonstrated an exemplary commitment to providing adequate resources and funding for arts education, as well as high-quality arts curriculum and instruction and assessment, professional development for staff who are provided for arts learning at the school, and access to culturally responsive arts instruction for all students. The school is home to a significant population of English learners, special education students, and those students who are socio-economically disadvantaged, foster youth, or experiencing homelessness. Additionally, the school exemplified an offering of instruction in a minimum of three arts disciplines (dance, music, theater, visual arts, jazz band, show choir) during the regular school day.
The school was notified yesterday of this exceptional achievement and has been invited to attend the California School Recognition Program (CSRP) Awards Ceremony on February 16, 2023 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. During the ceremony, CDE will also honor 2023 California Distinguished Schools, 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and 2022 Civic Learning Award Schools.
“Arts education is integral to the development of our students,” said Cristy Campanaro, Principal, Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy. “I am so proud of the work we are doing. Our students are thriving and they love coming to school because of the arts.”
The school became a Turnaround Arts: California partner school in 2018-2019.
Marina Vista is among these 18 schools to receive the honor:
- Joaquin Miller Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
- William McKinley Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
- Providencia Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
- Thomas Edison Elementary, Burbank Unified School District
- Carmel High, Carmel Unified School District
- Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, Chico Unified School District
- Reyburn Intermediate, Clovis Unified School District
- Cold Spring Elementary, Cold Spring Elementary School District
- Washington Elementary, Compton Unified School District
- Los Berros Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Lompoc Unified School District
- Humanities and Arts (HARTS) Academy of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Maywood Center for Enriched Studies, Los Angeles Unified School District
- South Shores/CSUDH Visual and Performing Arts, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Walter Reed Middle, Los Angeles Unified School District
- Marina Vista Elementary, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
- Franklin Elementary, Santa Barbara Unified School District
- John C. Fremont Elementary, Stockton Unified School District
- Temecula Valley High, Temecula Valley Unified School District
- Meadows Arts and Technology Elementary, Ventura County Office of Education
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About Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is home to approximately 9,600 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The district also houses preschool and adult education. The district is built on a solid foundation of effective instruction, positive school culture, systems of support, and collaborative leadership. The district is nestled along the Monterey Bay, and stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south, and includes the communities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside.