22 LAUSD Schools Receive Top Honors As the State's Best— California Distinguished Schools

LOS ANGELES - (May 1, 2014) Twenty two elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have been chosen as 2014 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 2014 California Distinguished Schools are:

Academy for Enriched Sciences, Arroyo Seco Museum Science, Celerity Cardinal Charter, Celerity Palmati Charter, Cheremoya Avenue, Clifford Street, Dearborn Elementary Charter Academy, Equitas Academy Charter, Goethe International Charter, ICEF Vista Elementary Academy, Ivanhoe, Kentwood, Kester Avenue, KIPP Raices Academy, Mountain View, Overland Avenue, Playa del Rey, Roscomare Road, Vena Avenue, Welby Way Elementary Charter, West Hollywood and Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies.
The California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students’ right to an equitable and rigorous education. Additionally, the State recognizes these schools that have made progress in closing the academic achievement gap.
"I am very proud that the California Department of Education has recognized the outstanding work that takes place all over LAUSD every day,” said Steve Zimmer, Board of Education, vice president. “This confirms our belief that collaboration with all stakeholders in our school communities is the pathway to distinction."
Two schools, Overland Avenue and West Hollywood Elementary received an additional award for exemplary arts education program. Additionally, KIPP Raices Academy was doubly honored with awards in Exemplary Arts Education and Physical Activity and Nutrition.
“Congratulations to the amazing teachers, students and administrators at these remarkable schools,” said LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. “This prestigious honor shines a light on the great work that is being done to make all our students college prepared and career ready.”
“The work of Overland Elementary School is commendable,” said Board District 1 Liaison, Dr. Sylvia Rousseau.  “It demonstrates that, given the hard work of teachers and administrators working with parents to create the conditions for learning, public schools do work. Congratulations to the students of Overland Elementary School, as well, for demonstrating the willingness and commitment to excel.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of the outstanding work and achievement by our school leaders and students recognized by the California Department of Education as a 2014 Distinguished School,” said Board Member Mónica García.  “I proudly congratulate our LAUSD schools for their academic success, when our students receive a top level education our communities thrive.”
“I’m so proud that the state has recognized the outstanding achievements of so many Los Angeles Unified schools,” said board member Tamar Galatzan, whose West San Fernando Valley district includes four California Distinguished Schools – Dearborn, Kester and Welby Way Elementary schools, the Academy for Enriched Sciences. “The administrators, faculty, staff and parents are to be commended for creating an inspiring and inspired learning environment for our students.”
“While all LAUSD schools are distinguished in one way or another, Ivanhoe and Clifford Elementary Schools stand out among the rest,” said LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser. “I am terribly proud of the hard work done by parents, staff and students to achieve this well-earned recognition.”
To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. The process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process focused on the implementation of those signature practices
"Kudos to the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students that help a school achieve the honor of being a California Distinguished School,” said Board Member Mónica Ratliff. “It truly is a team effort, a community accomplishment, and something to proclaim with pride."
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