Lakewood Wins State Gold Standard Award

Lakewood High School was named one of 10 statewide winners of the Gold Standard Award given this week by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE). CBEE was founded in 1999 by major corporations and business organizations to represent the business community in state education policy making. The organization’s president, James S. Lanich, described Lakewood as "uniquely successful." His council’s members include the California Taxpayers’ Association, California Business Roundtable, California Chamber of Commerce, The Boeing Company, Bank of America, IBM Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Intel Corporation and others. Business experts from these organizations sorted through publicly available data to find high schools that fit their criteria. They conducted site interviews and selected 10 schools statewide that demonstrated continuous success in preparing students for college, exhibiting high academic performance in reading and math, and reducing achievement gaps among ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Lakewood staff and students are accepting the award this week during a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel. CBEE also provides one to two $5,000 scholarships to winning schools so their students may pursue studies in math and science at a college or university.