Signal Hill and International elementary schools recently earned the Title I Academic Achievement Award. The award goes to schools that, despite having large numbers of disadvantaged students, continue to make exemplary progress.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced the 238 winners.
“These award recipients prove that with hard work and high expectations, students can overcome challenges and achieve academic success," O'Connell said. "By working together, administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents have raised student achievement and narrowed the achievement gap."
The award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds. Title I is the single largest federal program for K-12 public education. Title I funds help schools meet the needs of students living in poverty.
To earn the award, a school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. The school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students also must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.
This year’s winners will be honored at a reception and banquet at the Disneyland Hotel on April 21.