Gardner Bullis honored by state superintendent as Distinguished School

Gardner Bullis School in Los Altos Hills has been named a 2018 California Distinguished School.

According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, 287 of California’s elementary schools received Distinguished School status, including Gardner Bullis, under a program returning this year after a three-year hiatus.

“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said in a release touting the awards.

What puts Gardner Bullis among the state’s top elementary schools?

“The No. 1 thing is our drive to be a community,” said Gardner Bullis Principal Nadia Oskolkoff.

Noteworthy at Gardner Bullis, Oskolkoff said, is its intervention and extension program, G-Time.

“This intervention and extension program is one way we support all students at their level of need, whether that is reteaching or learning the standards more deeply,” she said.

Oskolkoff thanked the Los Altos School District for allowing weekly collaboration time for Gardner Bullis teachers, enabling them to create the G-Time.

Oskolkoff also recognized the PTA and parents for their contributions.

Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier congratulated Gardner Bullis.

“We are very proud of the Gardner Bullis School community, whose efforts achieved this great honor,” Baier said. “Gardner Bullis is truly working to revolutionize education for its students – as we are doing throughout the district.”

The California Distinguished Schools awards ceremony is scheduled May 3 in Los Angeles.

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