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Burbank Blvd., Dixie Canyon, Riverside and Roosevelt Make List of State's Distinguished Elementary Schools

The school list is attached below.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 387 exemplary California public elementary schools were named 2012 California Distinguished Schools for their innovative education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.

Elementary schools in the North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Studio City areas that made the list include Riverside Drive, Burbank Boulevard and Dixie Canyon in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Theodore Roosevelt in the Burbank School District.

"The schools we are recognizing today demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools," Torlakson said. "Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence."

The list of schools may be found on the California Department of Education Web site at 2012 Distinguished Elementary Schools - California Distinguished Schools Program.

The 2012 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California's students and their entitlement to an equitable and rigorous education. The program identifies and honors those schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap.

To be invited to apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the Academic Performance Index requirements.

Once schools are deemed eligible, the CDE invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. The application process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process, which validates the implementation of those signature practices.

Elementary and secondary schools (middle and high schools) are recognized in alternate years. This year focuses on elementary schools.

Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and serve as mentors to other educators who want to replicate their work. An updated searchable database of these Signature Practices will be available later this spring by the California Department of Education.

Schools selected for recognition will be honored as Distinguished Schools at award ceremonies where Torlakson will present each school with a 2012 Distinguished School plaque and flag. The event and awards are funded by donations from many of California's most prominent corporations and statewide educational organizations.

Here is the list of schools: CLICK HERE (and no, the Rio Vista and Valley View elementary schools listed are not our local schools).

Pat March 30, 2012 at 02:57 AM
This can't possibly be the same Sherman Oaks Elementary School that I knew back 53 years ago. With the exception of several teachers, the ones I remember the most were such yelling battle-axes that I still shudder to think of them. The classes were filled to capacity and the students unruly. And I also recall the nasty little brats who bullied me, both in class and out. Sorry, but I don't remember that place with any fondness.
B. Stewart March 30, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Pat, that was 53 years ago, and a lot has changed!! My children go to Dixie and we love the school and the teachers & staff. No bullies as far as I know :-)
Pat April 01, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Well then, your kids are lucky to go to that particular school. Hopefully the bullies will never put in an appearance, but they always seem to find a way. A lot has changed and it seems for the worse, what with metal detectors at the school entrances, something that never existed when I was a kid. Yeah, real progress there. It makes me glad I'm now an adult; if I were going to school today, I'd be looking over my shoulder every five minutes and scanning the classroom, wondering if a bulge in some kid's backpack meant he/she was carrying books or a sawed-off shotgun. I also wonder if strip-searches will be conducted when things get bad enough in the future.
Cathy Flynn April 02, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Our area public schools just keep getting better. A lot of it has to do with active parents, altruistic members of the community, and businesses that donate money to their local schools. It takes a Village!
Norbert Weinberg April 09, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Huntington Learning Center congratulates the staff, parents, and students who have created a successful learning environment!

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