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Eight Los Angeles Unified Schools Honored As California Distinguished Schools (2-26-19)

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Shannon Haber, 213-241-6766



Eight Los Angeles Unified Schools Honored As California Distinguished Schools

 LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26, 2019) — Eight secondary schools in Los Angeles Unified are among 162 that were named as California Distinguished Schools in recognition of their exceptional student performance or progress in closing the achievement gap.

The announcement was made Monday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, who commended the schools “for fighting for a better future for our students.”

The California Department of Education singled out Downtown Business Magnet High School for its “Opportunity for All” program, which targets absenteeism and supports struggling students as part of its efforts to close the achievement gap.

Other District winners are: Bravo Medical Magnet High School, Garfield High School, Linda Esperanza Marquez High LIBRA Academy, Middle College High School, Hale Charter Academy, Nobel Charter Middle School and Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies.

Nine independent charters that are authorized and overseen by Los Angeles Unified were also named as Distinguished Schools. They are: Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High, Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science High School, Alliance Patti and Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy, Granada Hills Charter High School, High Tech LA, James Jordan Middle School, KIPP Los Angeles College Preparatory, PUC Lakeview Charter High School and Renaissance Arts Academy.

“Congratulations to our students for their achievement and the recognition it has helped bring to their schools. We are grateful for the hard work of the administrators, educators and staff of these schools in helping students get a great education,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner.

“Congratulations to the eight Los Angeles Unified school communities on receiving California’s highest recognition for all the progress, hard work and achievement!” said Board President Mónica García. “We are so proud of all of the students, teachers, principals, classified staff and families that are all-hands-on-deck for a brighter future. Thank you to the community at-large for your thoughtfulness, innovation and creative solutions to help our students read, write, think, believe and move toward 100 percent graduation!”

“Congratulations to all of the schools recognized for their progress in improving student outcomes,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “We need to work to make outstanding programs like these accessible to more students across the District so that every child has the opportunity to succeed.”

“Congratulations to all of the eight schools being honored,” said Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III. “Our Middle College High School in Board District 1 continues to demonstrate outstanding programs and commitment to closing the opportunity gap.”

“I am so proud of all the Los Angeles Unified schools that are being recognized for their efforts to close the achievement gap,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “I would especially like to congratulate BD3 schools: Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies and affiliated charters, Hale Charter Academy and Nobel Charter Middle School. Let us always remember that these awards are earned and reflect the hard work, talent, and dedication of our students, families, teachers, administrators and support staff. Kudos to all!”

“California has again recognized the quality education offered at Los Angeles Unified schools,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “I’m proud to see our schools honored for their hard work on behalf of students and families.”