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High Schools Exceed State, National Goals

Each of the Long Beach Unified School District’s large, comprehensive high schools – Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan, Polytechnic and Wilson – recently met and exceeded their state Academic Performance Index targets and their national No Child Left Behind targets for yearly progress. "I’m happy to say that the high schools have done a phenomenal job," said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools. "They have moved mountains." The high schools are implementing several reforms to boost learning and increase college readiness. These initiatives include extra help in math and reading for students who need it, extensive assistance with college entrance exam preparation, more rigorous graduation requirements, more participation in honors and Advanced Placement classes and exams, smaller learning communities within large high schools, more counseling assistance and other steps to help students pass the California High School Exit Exam.