University Preparatory School Earns Second Distinguished School Award

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)— University Preparatory School has been named a California Distinguished School for the second time.

UP was the only school in the Victor Valley region to win the honor this year, and one of only 11 secondary schools in San Bernardino County to earn the award.

A grade 7-12 parent choice school in the Victor Valley Union High School District, UP was previously named a Distinguished School in 2009 and has been named a National Blue Ribbon School twice.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized for the hard work we do for kids,” UP Principal Valerie Hatcher said. “It’s hard work for all of our stakeholders. That includes staff and parents and the kids. This would not be possible without buy-in from all of those stakeholders. I want to thank all the students, all of their parents and the incredible staff.”

Hatcher credited staff members Barbara Cabarello, Paula Petruschin and Anna Lovato for their assistance in submitting the application to the California Department of Education.

The CDE names California Distinguished Schools in the elementary and secondary categories in alternating years. Winners are decided by a number of academic performance factors including English and math performance, graduation rate and college/career readiness.

UP boasts a graduation rate of more than 99 percent, the highest for a non-charter school in San Bernardino County, and virtually all UP grads go on to enter a university, community college or the military.

The Victorville school was also recently named Best Middle School and a finalist for Best High School by Daily Press Readers in the 2019 Best of the Desert Voting. UP has made U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools list for seven straight years.

“University Prep continues to receive major accolades at the regional, state and national levels,” VVUHSD Superintendent Ron Williams said. “It’s a tribute to the work that Ms. Hatcher, her staff and the students continue to do.”

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