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State Names 3 Distinguished Schools

Three schools in the Long Beach Unified School District earned the California Distinguished School Award this week for academic excellence.  Alvarado, Lowell and Naples elementary schools were among 424 honorees announced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.  Each of the winning schools in LBUSD is a repeat winner of the award.

“I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson said. “This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work and unwavering support.”

The awards honor schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing achievement gaps.  Winners must meet a variety of criteria including top performance on national and state accountability measures.

Elementary and secondary schools (middle and high schools) are recognized in alternate years.  This year focused on elementary schools.  A total of 39 LBUSD schools from all geographic areas of the district have now received this top state honor.

View the news release from the California Department of Education.