The California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Alvarado Elementary School and Naples Bayside Academy are among 304 Honor Roll Schools in the state to be honored for closing achievement gaps by the California Business for Education Excellence Foundation and Just for the Kids. The 2006 Honor Roll includes public schools that are recognized by California’s business community for demonstrating consistently high academic achievement and for making significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students. "We know from the success of these schools that it’s possible for all schools and all students in California to reach high levels of academic achievement, to close achievement gaps and to reach 100 percent proficiency by grade level on the California Standards Test," said Jim Lanich, president of the Excellence Foundation. "We hope other schools can learn from these schools’ proven best practices and achieve the same results." The Honor Roll awards are given in two categories. Star Schools (100 schools) are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students who have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency and achievement gap reduction over four years for all subgroups. CAMS and Alvarado won in this category. Scholar Schools (204 schools) are those that show significant academic gains but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population. Naples won in this category. "Schools on the Honor Roll dispel the myth that certain students can’t reach grade-level proficiency and that schools with a challenging student population won’t be able to succeed," said Greg Jones, CBEE Foundation Chair. "Instead of complaining about their challenges, these schools have tackled them head on and are overcoming them. They set goals and hold themselves and their students to high expectations." CBEE was founded in 1999 by major corporations and business organizations to represent the business community in state education policy making. The non-profit Just for the Kids -- California (www.jftk-ca.org) provides a free online data and school improvement system. This year’s award winners will be recognized during a November 16 ceremony in Los Angeles.