Eight schools in the L.A. area have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year, marking their place as beacons of academic achievement for local elementary, middle and high school students.
Local award winners are Leffingwell Elementary in Whittier, Wedgeworth Elementary in Hacienda Heights, California Academy of Mathematics and Science in Carson, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High in L.A., Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Wilmington, KIPP Comienza Community Prep in Huntington Park, Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet in North Hills and Silver Spur Elementary in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The U.S. Department of Education has named more than 8,500 National Blue Ribbon Schools nationwide since 1982. Schools are recognized in two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments or national tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest-performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.
KIPP Comienza Community Prep was chosen as an Exemplary High Performing School based on its high achievement on state assessments.
“Recognitions like these are not only because of the academic results,” says Hadley Huberman, the elementary school’s co-school leader. “We focus on values and character and teach the whole child. As a result, our students run into school every morning excited to be there and committed to working hard.”