February 14, 2006
Long Beach Unified School District’s exemplary achievements for students have recently earned unprecedented national and state honors. The following summary of some of these awards confirms the major successes of America’s Best Urban Schools that serve the children of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill and Avalon.
Students and schools here excel in comparison with other large school systems throughout California and the U.S. For example, local high school students have shown one of the largest increases—a 50 percent gain—in taking Advanced Placement (AP) college-level courses while still in high school. Passing Advanced Placement courses and tests saves their parents millions of dollars in college and university tuition.
Remarkable achievements like these have been accomplished despite recent challenges to education: the state budget crisis, higher costs of employee health care and benefits, and reduced funding resulting from lower enrollment.
The Long Beach Unified School District is committed to the excellent education of all children in safe, well-run schools. The results speak for themselves.
Long Beach Unified School District Recent Honors and Achievements
• Broad Prize for Urban Education – National Winner, America’s Best Urban Schools
• Education Trust’s Dispelling the Myth Award for achievement and improvement
• Education Trust West’s All Kids, All Stars Award for serving diverse populations
• Highest rated Head Start program in U.S.
• California Distinguished Schools – 30 schools
• Newsweek’s Best High Schools – three schools
• Advanced Placement—AP courses enroll 6,000 students, up 3,000 in two years
• National Blue Ribbon Schools – eight schools
• National Title I Achieving Schools – 16 schools
• California Title I Achieving Schools – 17 schools
• Grammy Award for music education – one of top seven high schools in U.S.
• Music Educators Awards – first and second in state
• 94 teachers earn National Board Certification
• Nation’s best geology teacher
• LBUSD test results exceed both county and state
• Major League Baseball’s Breaking Barriers Essay Contest – National Winner
• Milken National Educator Award – two $25,000 teacher winners, one principal
• Award-winning new schools built on time, on budget
• Busing reduced 40% in four years as new schools open
• Balanced budget, no layoffs, no class-size increases despite budget cuts
• Successful Board of Education initiatives in reading, writing, math
• Highest attendance, lowest suspension rates in decades
• Twelve years of school uniforms in schools now serving 74,000 students
• Local high school leads state in UC admissions (Poly)
• State Speech Debate Champions (Jordan)
• State Golden Bell Awards for teacher training and community-based English tutoring
• 86 percent of our schools meet or exceed overall state Academic Performance Index targets