Ten Schools Up For Top State Award

Ten elementary and K-8 schools in the Long Beach Unified School District are finalists for the prestigious California Distinguished School Award. Teams of educators will now visit the schools before determining whether the finalists will receive the top award. Buffum, Edison, International, Muir, Prisk and Twain elementary schools qualified as finalists, along with Hudson, Newcomb, Robinson and Tincher K-8 schools. Validation visits will be held March 6 to 31. Carver, Gant and Gompers elementary schools received Honorable Mention awards. To earn the California Distinguished School Award, schools compete in rigorous selection and screening conducted by the California Department of Education. Winning schools may apply for the National Blue Ribbon Award. The winning schools must demonstrate high academic expectations for all students, achievement above state standards, strong leadership, competent and caring teachers focused on standards, and outstanding curriculum. Statewide winners also must show exemplary family involvement and partnerships with the business community, comprehensive guidance and counseling services, ample support for students with a wide range of needs, and a safe learning environment that promotes citizenship, caring, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. Hill Classical Middle School, Hughes Middle School and Wilson Classical High School were all named California Distinguished Schools last year. Five of this year’s nominees are expected to be repeat winners: Hudson, International, Newcomb, Prisk and Twain. A total of 30 Long Beach Unified School District schools have already received this top state honor: Avalon, Cubberley, Hudson and Newcomb schools, Polytechnic and Wilson high schools, California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Hill, Hughes, Rogers and Stanford middle schools and Alvarado, Barton, Cleveland, Fremont, Gant, International, Keller, Kettering, Longfellow, Los Cerritos, Lowell, Madison, Naples, Prisk, Roosevelt, Signal Hill, Stevenson, Tucker and Twain elementary schools.