Eight More Schools Up for State Honor

Eight elementary and K-8 schools in the Long Beach Unified School District are finalists for the prestigious California Distinguished School Award. Teams of educators are visiting the schools this month to determine whether the finalists will receive the top award. Alvarado, Emerson, Gant, Henry, Lee, Lowell and Roosevelt elementary schools qualified as finalists along with Cubberley K-8 School. Winners will be announced in April, and they will be recognized May 16 during a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel. 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. A total of 35 Long Beach Unified School District schools have already received this top state honor.