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3 Distinguished Schools Named

Three schools in the Long Beach Unified School District earned the California Distinguished School Award recently for exceptional gains in student achievement.

“These outstanding schools don’t just educate students; they also provide the young people of California the tools they need to be successful after graduation,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said.  “Thanks go to all the staff at these schools – teachers, administrators, classified employees – and parents, who are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all of their students.”

Elementary schools and secondary (middle and high) schools are recognized in alternate years.  This year’s awards focused on the elementary grades.  LBUSD’s Alvarado, Lafayette and Twain elementary schools were among 323 schools statewide earning recognition.  The award is a first for Lafayette, while Alvarado and Twain are repeat winners.

The awards honor schools that demonstrate educational excellence and progress in narrowing achievement gaps.  Winners must meet a variety of criteria including exemplary performance on state accountability measures.

“Distinguished School awardees represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention,” CDE’s announcement stated.

The winning schools will be honored Monday, Feb. 10 during a ceremony at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.