The National Center for Urban School Transformation announced recently that Keller Dual Immersion Middle School is a finalist for the 2018 America’s Best Urban Schools Award.
“Among the thousands of urban schools throughout the nation, this outstanding school is one of the few able to document that it met all of our rigorous award criteria,” NCUST Executive Director Joseph Johnson said. “The students, teachers, support staff, parents and community of Keller Dual Immersion are already winners. You should be proud of the difference they are making in the lives of the students they serve. As well, you should be proud that Keller serves as a model for urban schools throughout the United States.”
Representatives from NCUST will visit Keller and other finalists this spring before announcing bronze, silver and gold winners later this school year. NCUST examines data regarding student performance on state assessments, attendance, suspensions, quality of instruction, and other criteria.
Formerly an elementary school, Keller converted to a 6-8 configuration offering dual immersion instruction in English and Spanish starting in fall of 2015.
NCUST, based at San Diego State University, has recognized several Long Beach Unified School District schools in the past, including Addams, International (now Oropeza), Signal Hill, Tucker, Edison, King, Riley, Robinson, Lafayette and Roosevelt.