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Two NVUSD High schools named 2024 California Distinguished Schools

Vintage High School and New Technology High School were named 2024 California Distinguished Schools, two out of 293 schools statewide. The state award recognizes middle and high schools that...

At New Technology High School, Mr. Jon Southam turns the classroom windows into a dynamic canvas, engaging students in problem-solving with a creative twist (submitted photo).

Vintage High School and New Technology High School were named 2024 California Distinguished Schools, two out of 293 schools statewide. The state award recognizes middle and high schools that have “exceptionally” closed achievement gaps and demonstrated high student performance. Campus climate was also a consideration.

“This is a community award that results from strong collaboration between New Technology staff, students, and all of our stakeholders,” New Technology High School Principal Abhinav Dev said in a press release. The high school currently enrolls approximately 367 students and is one of six Napa Valley Unified School District high schools. Latine students make up more than 60 percent of the student body, while White students make up the second largest demographic, about 30 percent.

According to the California Department of Education, schools recognized for closing the achievement gap enroll at least 40 percent of their students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds; nearly half of New Tech students make up this demographic. Schools were also recognized for achieving outstanding performance in English and math, as well as reducing student suspensions. 

Vintage High School, enrolls close to 2,000 students and has a minority enrollment of 58 percent. Latine students are also the largest ethnic group on campus. Vintage ranks among the top public schools in California for its student graduation rate. 

“The dedication of our staff, families, and students is evidenced in this recognition of excellence at Vintage and New Technology High Schools," said NVUSD Superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti in a press release. “We are incredibly thankful for our staff. They show up each day to educate our students while cultivating a culture of high expectations and high support. We remain committed to instilling a love of learning in each of our students and in preparing them to succeed in school and beyond.”

Awardees hold their titles for two years. To view this year's list of distinguished schools, visit the California Department of Education website.


Earlier this month, Napa Valley Unified School District filed a lawsuit against the Napa County Office of Education board of trustees following their approval of the Mayacamas charter petition – an issue of contention amongst local Napa Valley education leaders as NVUSD struggles to combat declining student enrollment.

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