District Press Release
April 9, 2008 - Los Angeles – Twenty-four elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have been recognized as 2008 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education, an honor that recognizes exemplary educational programs and academic excellence.
The LAUSD elementary schools honored as 2008 California Distinguished Schools are:
Balboa Gifted/High Ability Magnet, Beckford Avenue, Beethoven Street, Calahan Street, Chatsworth Park, Coeur D’Alene Avenue, Danube Avenue, Dearborn Street, Fourth Street, Hancock Park, Haskell Elementary Math/Science Magnet, Kester Avenue/Magnet, Marquez Charter, 156th Street, Overland School for Advanced Studies, Parthenia Street, Stagg Street, Stonehurst Avenue, Superior Street, Synergy Charter Academy, Van Gogh Street, Welby Way, Wilbur Avenue and Woodland Hills.
“It is wonderful that these schools are recognized for their excellence and hard work,” said Board President Mónica García. “The educators, students and families of these schools are a model for not just the LAUSD, but the entire state.”
This year, the selection criteria from the Distinguished School program were more stringent than ever. Schools wrote a substantive narrative application and were then subject to an extensive site validation.
“These exemplary schools all have a common vision of excellence, dedication and a commitment to succeed,” said Superintendent David L. Brewer III. “I congratulate the teachers, staff, students and parents for this distinguished honor.”
The California School Recognition Program is now in its 23rd year and identifies and honors the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public school with the California Distinguished School Award.
4LAKids note: CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FACULTIES, PARENTS, SCHOOL COMMUNITIES AND MOSTLY THE STUDENTS AT THESE 24 SCHOOLS. Adults work very hard to apply for this distinction, (been there!) ...but it is the kids who earn it!
California Distinguished Elementary Schools are selected in even numbered years, secondary schools (middle and high) are recognized in even numbered years.