Cook Elementary School Earns Top National Recognition for Student Success

Cook assembly for Blue Ribbon Award

The California Department of Education announced this week that Garden Grove Unified School District’s (GGUSD) Cook Elementary School was named a 2018 National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished School. 

Cook Elementary is one of only two schools in the State of California and 100 nationwide to receive this prestigious recognition.

“Cook Elementary School has once again garnered national recognition for providing an outstanding educational program resulting in exceptional student performance,” said Teri Rocco, GGUSD Board of Education trustee. “Congratulations to the staff and students for providing a wonderful model for student success.”

This is the second national honor Cook Elementary School has received in the last two years.  The school was  named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Since then, Cook has continued with its school-wide approach to promoting the growth mindset, scholarly habits, perseverance and other skills that lead to academic success. Cook also offers a Scholar Support Group and other interventions to help students set goals and celebrate growth. 

At Cook, students take ownership over their school culture and climate. Some students serve as peace ambassadors to promote harmony among their classmates while others serve on the Tech Squad to support and trouble shoot technology use in the classroom. Parent engagement is also extremely high and leadership development and other learning opportunities are offered to parents. 

According to the California Department of Education, the ESEA Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying federally funded schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights schools across the country achieving exceptional student performance, as well as those closing the achievement gap between student groups.