March 24, 2006
Whether it’s counseling for academics, careers or social-personal issues, no school district in California does it better than Long Beach Unified. Sweeping state competition, head counselors from 10 local schools will march to the podium in Pomona on March 31 to pick up their Best in the West Awards and SPARC Academy Awards.
The gold statuettes and large plexiglass awards are presented each year to California schools that best define and implement the state school counseling reform curriculum. No other school district earned as many awards.
Named Best in the West Award this year are CAMS (California Academy of Mathematics and Science), Lakewood High School, Prisk Academy and Wilson High School. Earning the SPARC Academy Awards are Hughes Middle School, Jordan High School, Avalon High School, Cabrillo High School, Renaissance Academy and Millikan High School.
Each school prepared a 10-page application listing specific goals and measurements of their attainments. These best practices are given a numerical rating. Top scoring schools may earn a SPARC Academy Award the first two years. Highest scorers three years in a row compete to earn the Best in the West Award.