Franklin Elementary School (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com)

Franklin Elementary School (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com)

The California Department of Education has invited three Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District elementary schools to apply for the 2014 California Distinguished Schools program.

Franklin, Webster and Roosevelt elementaries are among the 405 schools to receive an invitation.

The schools have until mid-December to apply for the award, which honors California elementary schools for reducing the achievement gap among socioeconomic subgroups of students.

The last time a local school was recognized as a Distinguished School was in 2010, when Webster, Point Dume and McKinley elementaries were honored.

The schools will be notified of their application status by late March.