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The Distinction Honors State’s Top Career Technical Education Programs


ELK GROVE, Calif. – February 4, 2019 – The Elk Grove Unified School District is happy to announce that the California Department of Education selected the Bio-tech Academy at Sheldon High School as a 2019 California Partnership Academies (CPA) Distinguished Academy. Elated by the top recognition, school principal Paula Duncan expressed her joy in saying, “The California Partnership Academies Distinguished Academy recognition is a huge honor for our entire faculty and student body, and I am proud of the Bio-tech Academy students and faculty members. Since the school opened, the Bio-tech program has remained committed to implementing a high quality educational experience for its students and this award speaks to everyone’s dedication toward shaping our future generations.”

In order to be selected as a CPA Distinguished Academy, academy programs must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete compliance with California Education Code sections 54690-54699
  • Provide articulation and/or dual credit with post-secondary institutions
  • Offer Industry certifications earned by students
  • Provide high quality, effective partnerships with industry
  • Demonstrate low attrition rates, particularly among the required majority of at risk students enrolled in the CPA
  • Exhibit exemplary graduation rates


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.


For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Eventbrite.

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