Sanger Unified School District continues to garner accolades.
On Friday, the district's Washington Academic was named one of five high-performing middle schools in the state.
It is one of California's 2011 Schools to Watch -- Taking Center Stage model schools, announced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
Washington Academic was singled out for academic performance and improvement on state standardized testing. The 1,615-student school has a diverse population, and most students are socio-economically disadvantaged.
The other four schools singled out by the state are: Andrew Carnegie Middle School in Sacramento County, Calavera Hills Middle School in San Diego County, La Paz Intermediate School in Orange County and Vista Verde Middle School in Riverside County.