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Cerritos School Among 15 in State Named Awarded 'Blue Ribbon'

Frank C. Leal Elementary was one of only three schools in Los Angeles County to receive the honor.

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Photo courtesy: Google Maps

Three schools in Los Angeles County and two in Orange County were among 15 around California named Tuesday as National Blue Ribbon Schools, according to the state Department of Education.

La Canada Elementary in the La Canada Unified School District, Opal Robinson Elementary of Manhattan Beach Unified and Frank C. Leal Elementary, an ABC Unified campus in Cerritos, were honored for either being high achieving or having made significant academic improvements.

The honorees in Orange County are Stonegate Elementary of Irvine Unified and Oxford Academy of the Anaheim Union High School District.

Students at the high achieving schools are expected to be the among the state's top performers in English and mathematics on standardized tests, while various social and economic subgroups are supposed to score as well as their peers.

Exemplary-Improving schools have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds and have improved student performance to high levels in English and mathematics on state tests or assessments compared to national norms.

"These schools are wonderful illustrations of the work we do here in California schools to prepare our students to thrive in the world they will find outside of our classrooms," said state Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson. "I am proud to see them held up as national examples."

In California, 13 public schools and two private institutions were honored. Nationwide, 236 public schools were named along with 50 private campuses.

The winning schools can display a blue ribbon flag on their campuses. They'll be honored in Washington, D.C., in November.


– City News Service.

Joyce Berny September 25, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I volunteered there years ago. I stopped because they were hiring Korean teachers to teach classes in Korean with English as a second language. My taxes are paying for this and I am 1,000% against it. Public schools should be taught in ENGLISH. If families want their children to learn by their language open up a school at your own expense.
Emarthla Vann September 25, 2013 at 02:13 PM
I agree, Joyce Berny. I had no idea this was going on. ABC School Board is going to hear from me!
ernie September 25, 2013 at 02:30 PM
My daughter is attending Leal and has attended for about 5 years. I have never heard of a Korean Immersion program at Leal. However, I think you might be missing the point. If there was a program like that they normally have English speakers and non-English speakers integrated in the same class. They learn at grade level. It is not a "bilingual" course. I am not sure why you would insist that English speaking students should be prohibited from learning Korean or any other Asian, African, or European language.
Joyce Berny September 25, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Ernie I did NOT insist that English speaking student should be prohibited from learning any language, but it should be THEIR chose as one elective subject - Spanish, French, Chinese etc. All this happened to my recollection 17-18 years ago. Things may have changed since. There is not any reason for children in the kindergarten to have a foreign speaking teacher teach in THEIR language and English as a 2nd language. JMHO

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