LAUSD’s Clover Elementary School Designated as National Blue Ribbon School

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 22, 2012) — Clover Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been honored with the highest award an American school can receive, earning the 2012 National Blue Ribbon designation from the U. S. Department of Education. The school will be recognized at a formal ceremony scheduled for November 12-13 in Washington, D.C.

"I am tremendously proud of the students, parents, teachers and administrators at Clover Elementary School," said Los Angeles School Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte about the school located in her district. "This prestigious and well-deserved honor reflects their hard work, dedication and commitment to educational excellence."

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said: “This recognition reflects excellent instruction, dedication and outstanding results. Clover Elementary School demonstrates one of the LAUSD’s core beliefs: all children can learn, and in their case, excel.”

Located in Westside Village, Clover is in close proximity to the UCLA campus, and represents a rich diversity of cultures with the common goal of creating a stimulating environment for high-achievement in an education-oriented community. The neighborhood is very stable, as some families have members who attended the school over a span of three generations.

Clover currently serves nearly 550 students on its campus, with the addition of many new facilities, including a Wonder of Reading Library, a state-of-the-art computer lab, newly planted trees, a renovated playground and kindergarten play area, and several gardens, including a Literacy Garden.

Parental involvement has always been a strong and essential component of the successful educational program at Clover. Parents and community members volunteer in classrooms, the library, workshops, valet drop-off program, as well as participating in the decision-making process through our School Site Council, Learn Council, Booster Club and PTA.

“I would like to commend our dedicated community. We would not have received this honor without our teachers, staff, parents and community members consistently striving and working hard to integrate innovative programs at our school,” said Clover Principal Sharon Fabian. “The hard work of the Clover community has resulted not only in an API score of 957, but has resulted in students, who are academically, socially and emotionally well-prepared to move on to the next phase of their education.”

The coveted Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior in their state, or that “beat the odds” by demonstrating dramatic gains in student achievement. Consideration includes excellent state test scores despite challenges, such as widespread poverty, tough neighborhoods, shrinking budgets, and a high concentration of English Language Learners, broad diversity or rapid teacher turnover.

More information about Clover Elementary School can be found at: http://www.cloveraveschool.org/.

Contact: Ellen Morgan (213) 241-6766