The California Department of Education (CDE) has awarded Alhambra's Park Elementary School with a 2012-2013 Academic Achievement Award. Park Elementary is one of 53 California public schools to win the award for serving low-income students and helping improve their academic achievement.
“This award validates our staff’s commitment and dedication to ensuring that all students are successful,” Park Elementary Principal Amy Rush said in an announcement posted by the Alhambra Unified School District. “Our staff is proud to teach at Park Elementary School and to be part of a dedicated staff and school community.”
Only schools receiving Title I funds, the largest federal funding program for K-12 public education, are eligible for the Academic Achievement Award. Title I funds are given to schools with students living at or below the poverty line. Of the approximately 10,000 schools in California, more than 6,000 participate in the Title I program, according to the CDE.
Schools who have received the Title I Academic Achievement Award are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic standards, according to the CDE. Additionally, the schools' socio-economically disadvantaged students doubled achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.
“These schools serve students facing real challenges, and they’ve risen to meet them through hard work and dedication,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson during the awards announcement last week. “It is inspiring to see their students achieve more in the classroom today so they can enjoy more opportunity in the years to come.”
Park Elementary will be honored at a regional award ceremony on May 13, 2013.