All Ten FVSD Schools and District recognized by State of CA for innovative learning strategies during pandemic

Pandemic-era disruptions made it difficult last year for the state to collect consistent assessment data, which has served as the basis for the Distinguished Schools program. Working with partners in the education community, the California Department of Education created the CAPP Award to specifically honor schools and districts that designed and implemented unique learning opportunities and strategies during and after distance learning.  Across the state, only 727 schools and 121 of approximately 1000 school districts were honored for their demonstrated efforts to support students in four target areas:

  • Student Engagement
  • Distribution of Technology
  • Nutrition Services
  • Social Emotional Well-being of Students

The District and all ten FVSD schools, including: Courreges Elementary, Cox Elementary, Fulton Middle, Gisler Elementary, Masuda Middle, Newland Elementary, Oka Elementary, Plavan Elementary, Talbert Middle and Tamura Elementary, highlighted efforts to close achievement gaps despite the challenges of the pandemic, in their applications.

“We are extremely proud of our teachers, administrators and staff for the unprecedented efforts they put forth throughout the pandemic,” noted Superintendent, Dr Katherine Stopp.  “It is because of their commitment that our students remained connected and engaged, devices were put in the hands of students, meals were provided and there was support for the social and emotional well-being of our students and families.”

We are grateful to our teachers, administrators, staff and families for working together during the most challenging of times. 

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About the Fountain Valley School District

The Fountain Valley School District, founded in 1876, is comprised of 10 schools serving over 6,000 students from Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.  Fountain Valley School District seeks to promote a foundation for academic excellence, mastery of basic skills, responsible citizenship, and a desire by students to achieve their highest potential through a partnership with home and community.  To learn more about the Fountain Valley School District, visit our website at