Excellence Recognition Programs

Riverside County Academic Awards Dinner
The purpose of the event is to honor the top students from each comprehensive high school in Riverside County and the All-County Academic team. Each high school in the county selects a school team of one to three students based on their enrollment. Students’ GPA, college entrance exams, class rank, and extracurricular activities may all be considered in selecting students to be honored for their academic performance.

The All-County Academic team consists of the top ten students in the county selected from all the top students from each comprehensive high school.  School districts establish their own student selection criteria; however, the RCOE criteria for being named to the All-County Academic Team includes GPA, SAT (or converted ACT) scores along with extracurricular activities.

California Distinguished Schools Program
This state program honors exemplary and inspiring public schools that meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and the Academic Performance Index (API) requirements.

Celebrating Educators Luncheon
Each year, the 23 school districts in Riverside County and the Riverside County Office of Education select employees to recognize as their “employees of the year” in various categories. These employees are among those nominated by their co-workers and supervisors and then selected based on local criteria. Employees selected at the district level move forward as candidates for Riverside County educators of the year in similar categories.  From among those nominations, the county educators of the year are selected and recognized at this event.

The event honors the Riverside County educators of the year including: teacher, principal, certificated administrator, classified administrator, confidential employee, classified employee, and site support employee (this category is intended to recognize employees that are not part of other recognition categories, i.e., librarians, nurses, etc.).

Models of Academic Excellence
The event recognizes outstanding practices, as evidenced by data and site visitations, that address instructional strategies, student engagement, school culture, and many other factors that research has shown contribute to improving student academic achievement.  In addition, these programs can be replicated countywide. Each Model of Academic Excellence receives a plaque for display at their school or district office.

Operation Recognition
Operation Recognition is one of the greatest honors RCOE has — to bestow high school diplomas to U.S. Veterans from World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars.  The diplomas are awarded as a joint effort of the Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, the Riverside County Board of Education, and the Riverside County Department of Veteran’s Services.

The program is open to residents of Riverside County whose high school education was interrupted by military service or due to internment in WWII Japanese-American relocation camps. Each of these veterans sacrificed the completion of their formal public education in order to serve their country in its extreme hour of need. Since 2007, more than 200 diplomas have been awarded. (More information)

Parent and Family Engagement Summit
The Parent Summit was created by the Riverside County Office of Education in partnership with the 23rd District PTA, representing more than 80,000 parents and educators in Riverside County. The summit is centered on highlighting practices and resources related to strategies for enhancing parent and family engagement in a child’s education.

For registration information, please contact:
Tracey Case
(951) 826-6570
tcase@rcoe.us