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Cabrillo, Jordan, Poly High Schools Win National Grant

The Long Beach Unified School District has won a $3.4 million Smaller Learning Communities U.S. Department of Education grant to support small, safe and successful learning environments at three high schools during the next five years. Cabrillo, Jordan and Poly high schools will use the funds to create small learning communities on their campuses, where students will become known better by a core group of teachers. Administrators and teachers will explore a variety of structures to accomplish that goal, including academies, schools within schools and magnet schools. A similar grant is being implemented at Lakewood and Millikan high schools. Research supports the benefits of smaller learning groups, especially at schools that have larger enrollments. The personalized attention, support and instruction students receive in smaller groups can help them achieve more and develop skills needed to excel in college and in life.