Avalon, CAMS, Stanford Win Distinguished State Recognition

Avalon High School, California Academy of Mathematics and Science and Stanford Middle School were all recently named 2003 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. The three top schools were among only 132 California public middle and high schools selected for this top statewide honor. "I congratulate these remarkable schools that have empowered their teachers and students to challenge the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. "These schools have earned high marks in providing a strong, motivating and dynamic platform that allows all students to contribute and prosper." Avalon, CAMS and Stanford underwent a rigorous selection process conducted by the CDE. Of the 2,228 middle and high schools in the state, fewer than 400 were eligible to apply for the honor based upon their Academic Performance Index (API) results. Applications were evaluated by teams of local educators under the direction of the CDE, and those schools judged to be exemplary were visited by an outside review team to validate the application information.