Stanford Elementary School was one of eleven schools in Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) to be named a 2018 California Distinguished School. GGUSD has more schools on the 2018 California Distinguished Schools list than any district in Orange County and any comparable district across the state. The honor recognizes schools that show the highest academic gains in state tests and those schools with successful climate and culture initiatives. California’s Distinguished Schools are considered models with successful practices that other school leaders hope to replicate. GGUSD was named a 2018 California Exemplary District, a prestigious recognition awarded to only 22 school districts across the state by the California Department of Education. The new award celebrates districts that have implemented model practices, which resulted in positive student outcomes.