Alhambra Unified School District (AUSD) is one of twenty public school districts in California to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll School District. School districts receiving this distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For school districts with high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. Additionally, 11 AUSD schools have been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as STAR Honor Roll Schools. Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. AUSD STAR schools are: Brightwood, Monterey Highlands, Park, Ramona, Repetto, Martha Baldwin, Garfield, Marguerita elementary schools and Alhambra, Mark Keppel and San Gabriel high schools.
The business community is also recognizing a subset of the Honor Roll that has both high percentages of low-income students and high levels of math and science achievement. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honor Roll schools will receive special recognition of their accomplishments. The following AUSD schools received the added distinction of STEM Honor Roll: Brightwood and Monterey Highlands elementary schools, as well as Mark Keppel high school.
“We are so proud to be recognized by leaders in the California business community as an Honor Roll District with STAR Schools,” said Dr. Laura Tellez-Gagliano, Superintendent. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations that leads to increased student academic achievement through continuously improving our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.”
“We are proud to recognize those schools and school districts who are succeeding in putting their students on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy,” said Greg Jones, ERP and CBEE Board Chairman. “Leadership from both education and the business community is critical to linking success from one system to the next, and ensuring that students have the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a college degree and the financial security of a living wage job.”