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San Jacinto Leadership Academy honored by California Casualty with California Distinguished Schools banner


Last updated 6/21/2019 at 2:21am

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San Jacinto Leadership Academy Commandant retired Col. Francis Sick celebrates award of California Distinguished Schools banner with cadets.

SAN JACINTO – California Casualty congratulated San Jacinto Leadership Academy Wednesday, May 29, for being named one of California's Distinguished Schools for 2019. The school's staff and student body was presented with a banner and certificate by Field Marketing Manager Chris Renn at their campus during morning reveille.

San Jacinto Leadership Academy, a magnet school in San Jacinto Unified School District, is among 162 middle and high schools across California cited for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive years or closing the achievement gap between two years.

"This is the first time I've had the privilege of presenting an award banner to the same school two award years in a row," Renn said, speaking with the cadets. "It attests to your school's excellence and achievements, and something each of you should be proud of."

In 2017, the academy earned the Gold Ribbon Schools Award for middle schools while the California Distinguished Schools program was on pause for transition to a new accountability system. Awards are presented alternating years for elementary, middle and high schools, and awardees hold their earned title for two years.

Opened in 2011, San Jacinto Leadership Academy is San Jacinto Unified's first magnet middle school for grades 6-8. Its mission is to educate, train and inspire students, called cadets, so that each cadet becomes a recognized leader of character dedicated to the core values of honor, courage and commitment and is prepared to aggressively continue their journey toward a career of professional excellence and service to the community and country.

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San Jacinto Unified School District board members and cabinet celebrate the presentation of a California Distinguished Schools banner by California Casualty.

Under the leadership of Col. Francis W. Sick, a 28-year U.S. Air Force veteran who retired from active duty in 2007, the magnet school has continued to receive awards and is viewed as one of the top public schools in Riverside County. San Jacinto Leadership Academy has been selected four consecutive years for the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence California honor roll.

California Casualty is the presenting sponsor of the California School Recognition Program. California Casualty has also supported the 2019 California School Recognition Programs such as California Teachers of the Year, Classified School Employees of the Year and California Green Ribbon School Awards.

More information about California Distinguished Schools Program is found at

Submitted by San Jacinto Leadership Academy.


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