Alvarado Elementary School has been named a National Title I Distinguished School for its successful educational programs and the progress of its students.
“Each state may only name two schools as National Title I Distinguished Schools per year, so this is an especially prestigious honor,” stated the award notification from the National Title I Association.
Title I provides federal financial assistance to schools with high numbers of students from low-income families to help make certain all children meet challenging academic standards.
“Congratulations to our students, staff and parents for this great honor,” said Alvarado Principal Lucy Salazar. “This award holds special meaning because it recognizes efforts to make sure all students succeed regardless of their challenges. We’re so proud and grateful to be considered a national model of excellence.”
The National Title I Association has been selecting examples of superior Title I school programs for national recognition through the National Title I Distinguished Schools program since 1996. These schools demonstrate a wide array of strengths, including team approaches to teaching and learning, focused professional development opportunities for staff, individualized programs for student success and strong partnerships between the school, parents and the community.
Winning schools are selected for exceptional student performance and closing achievement gaps.
Award winners will be honored during the Feb. 8 to 11 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia.
Alvarado and 29 other schools in the Long Beach Unified School District have earned national Title I honors in previous years.