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The Rancho Palos Verdes elementary school was one of nearly 100 Los Angeles County schools to earn the distinction.

was one of nearly 100 Los Angeles County schools recognized by the state Thursday as a California Distinguished School, making it the only public education institution in to receive the distinction.

The public elementary schools were honored by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson for their "innovative education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap," according to a state Department of Education press release.

"The schools we are recognizing today demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools," Torlakson said Thursday in a statement. "Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence."

Of the 387 schools statewide that made the list, 96 were in Los Angeles County.

Elementary and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years. last year was recognized by the state. 

Schools have to apply for the Distinguished Schools recognition and are required to meet federal and state accountability measures based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Academic Performance Index requirements, according to Torlakson's office.

The application process consists of a written application, which includes a summary of some of the school's signature practices, in addition to a county-led check on the implementation of those practices.

View the complete list of 2012 California Distinguished Schools here.

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