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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #13-46
April 16, 2013
Contact: Pam Slater
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2012-13
Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 56 California public schools with sustained progress in academic improvement among low-income students have been chosen for the 2012-13 Title I Academic Achievement Award.

"These schools serve students facing real challenges, and they've risen to meet them through hard work and dedication," Torlakson said. "It is inspiring to see their students achieve more in the classroom today so they can enjoy more opportunity in the years to come."

The Title I Academic Achievement Award is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds as authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Title I, the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education, assists schools in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line. Of the more than 9,900 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.

The criteria to qualify for the Title I award have become more rigorous in recent years. To receive this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

The National Title I Association also presents each year two National Title I Distinguished School Awards per state. The awards are given to one Academic Achievement Award winning school that has demonstrated exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years and to one Academic Achievement Award winning school that made the most progress in closing the achievement gap between student groups.

To learn more about Title I awards, please visit the California Department of Education (CDE) Web page at: Academic Achievement Awards.

The CDE acknowledges the financial contributions of Comcast, Wells Fargo, the California State Lottery, the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, the California Building Industry Association, the California School Boards Association, the California State Parent Teacher Association, WestEd and Lozano Smith, which will make possible the regional 2013 California school awards ceremonies recognizing the California Distinguished Schools, the Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools, and California's nominees for the National Blue Ribbon Schools.

2012-13 Title I Academic Achievement Award winning schools

County

District

School

Alameda

Fremont Unified

J. Haley Durham Elementary

El Dorado

SBC - Aspire Public Schools

Aspire Titan Academy

Fresno

Clovis Unified

Lincoln Elementary

Fresno

Fowler Unified

Marshall Elementary

Fresno

Sanger Unified

Fairmont Elementary

Fresno

Selma Unified

Andrew Jackson Elementary

Fresno

Selma Unified

James Garfield Elementary

Fresno

Central Unified

James K. Polk Elementary

Fresno

Riverdale Joint Unified

Fipps Primary

Humboldt

Arcata Elementary

Sunny Brae Middle

Kern

Greenfield Union

W. A. Kendrick Elementary

Los Angeles

Azusa Unified

Victor F. Hodge Elementary

Los Angeles

Covina-Valley Unified

Barranca Elementary

Los Angeles

Culver City Unified

Linwood E. Howe Elementary

Los Angeles

Garvey Elementary

Dewey Avenue Elementary

Los Angeles

Glendale Unified

Anderson W. Clark Magnet High

Los Angeles

Glendale Unified

Balboa Elementary

Los Angeles

Hawthorne

Hawthorne Math and Science Academy

Los Angeles

Lawndale Elementary

Environmental Charter High

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

N.E.W. Academy of Science and Arts

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Charles White Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Orthopedic Hospital

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Daniel Pearl Journalism & Communications

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Broadway Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Chapman Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Street Elementary

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified

Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet

Los Angeles

Newhall

Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary

Los Angeles

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified

Julia B. Morrison Elementary

Los Angeles

Paramount Unified

Alondra Middle

Los Angeles

Saugus Union

Rio Vista Elementary

Los Angeles

West Covina Unified

Merced Elementary

Los Angeles

West Covina Unified

San Jose Charter Academy

Los Angeles

Hacienda la Puente Unified

Los Altos Elementary

Los Angeles

Alhambra Unified

Park Elementary

Merced

Atwater Elementary

Mitchell Elementary

Orange

Centralia Elementary

Centralia Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

A. J. Cook Elementary

Orange

Garden Grove Unified

Linton T. Simmons Elementary

Orange

Santa Ana Unified

Middle College High

Orange

Santa Ana Unified

John Muir Fundamental Elementary

Riverside

Hemet Unified

Idyllwild

Riverside

Jurupa Unified

Stone Avenue Elementary

Sacramento

River Delta Joint Unified

Isleton Elementary

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified

Aspire Capitol Heights Academy

San Bernardino

Fontana Unified

Dorothy Grant Elementary

San Bernardino

Redlands Unified

Mentone Elementary

San Bernardino

Victor Valley Union High

University Preparatory

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary

Lauderbach (J. Calvin) Elementary

San Diego

San Diego Unified

Kearny International Business

San Diego

San Diego Unified

King-Chavez Primary Academy

San Francisco

San Francisco Unified

Chin (John Yehall) Elementary

San Mateo

Jefferson Elementary

Susan B. Anthony Elementary

Santa Clara

Milpitas Unified

William Burnett Elementary

Siskiyou

Butteville Union Elementary

Butteville Elementary

Siskiyou

Scott Valley Unified

Etna Elementary


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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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