Galt’s own River Oaks Elementary was named a “Distinguished School” which recognizes its accomplishments for “closing achievement gaps and achieving exceptional student performance.” River Oaks was one of six Sacramento County schools to reach this accomplishment. Dr. David W. Gordon, superintendent of Sacramento County Schools was pleased so many county schools made the cut.

“This recognition is a strong indication of the exemplary parent and community involvement, academic achievement, and commitment of teachers and school staff in Sacramento County,” said Gordon in a press release from the state.

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said these schools go beyond the basics.

“These outstanding schools don’t just educate students, they also provide the young people of California the tools they need to be successful after graduation,” Thurmond said. “Thanks go to all the staff at these schools –teachers, administrators, classified employees – and parents, who are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all of their students.”

Elementary and middle schools are only recognized every other year, so River Oaks will hold this distinction for the next two years.

Superintendent Dr. Karen Schauer of Galt Joint Unified Elementary School District said River Oaks has rightfully earned many state awards for its excellent job in student education.

“This award is such wonderful news for River Oaks Elementary School and our district, as only six schools in Sacramento County were recognized for this award,” Schauer said. The CA Distinguished School recognition awarded to River Oaks Elementary School recognizes the school’s exceptional culture of teamwork and strong belief in every child learning. Over the years, River Oaks Elementary School has received state award recognition reflecting strong school leadership with skilled and caring staff efforts. The past school principals since 1992 have included Gerald Keen, Ron Enos, Judy Bullard, Lois Yount and Donna Gill.

Over the past decade, River Oaks students taking state testing consistently return top results for the district.

“Since its opening in 1992, River Oaks Elementary School has established an exceptional culture of high student achievement coupled with a shared philosophy that all students can learn,” according to the districts reports. “The River Oaks team works tirelessly to create a climate that challenges students to become lifelong learners through the use of a growth mindset model. Monthly team meetings that include teachers, specialists, and administrators serve as platforms to discuss and review both qualitative and quantitative data and determine strategic interventions that address both social-emotional and academic accommodations.”