RIVERSIDE, Calif. -

Five schools in Riverside County were among 218 named as California distinguished schools today.

"These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college," Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, said. "Given the enormous challenges schools have faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so many schools."

Selection is based on grades and closing performance gaps among demographic groups.

Schools making the list were:

      -- Centennial High;

      -- El Cerrito Middle;

      -- Western Center Academy;

      -- Shivela Middle; and

      -- Vail Ranch Middle.

The state recognizes elementary schools in alternate years.