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AUSD Schools Win Awards, Honors This Spring (05/31/2016)

AUSD Schools Win Awards, Honors This Spring


School sites across the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) have won awards this year for accomplishments ranging from closing the achievement gap in elementary schools to helping students prepare for college via Advanced Placement courses in high school.


"Our schools continue to impress not only families looking for a community in which to raise their children but also outside agencies and organizations," said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. "We are beyond proud of the incredible achievements of our schools."


National Awards

The U.S. Department of Education gave special honors to two AUSD schools this year.


In November, Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), which is AUSD's Early College High School, received a National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. ASTI was designated an "Exemplary High Performing School," which means it is in the top 15 percent of schools statewide, as measured by various assessments. 


In May, Bay Farm School received a national Green Ribbon Award, which recognizes schools and school districts for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. The school received a California Green Ribbon Award in February, as well as a nomination for the national award — along with just four other schools in the state. Bay Farm, which has an innovative K-8 program focused on 21st century education, was the only public school nominated in the state this year.


State Awards

In April, the CDE announced that four AUSD schools had won Gold Ribbon School Awards:  Earhart Elementary School, Haight Elementary School, Maya Lin School, and Otis Elementary School.


The CDE created the Gold Ribbon Schools Award to replace the Distinguished Schools Program, which is currently on hold as the state transitions to new assessment and accountability systems.  


This month, both Haight Elementary School and Maya Lin School also received Title 1 Academic Achievement Awards from the CDE.  The award goes to schools that:


  • receive federal Title 1 funds to meet the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line;
  • have student populations in which more than 40% are socio-economically disadvantaged; and
  • have demonstrated that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards.

Haight has an innovative program focused on global learning; Maya Lin's magnet program focuses on integrated learning with an emphasis on the arts and inquiry learning.


Due to the very high standard for qualifying, only 10 other Title 1 schools in Alameda County won the award this year, out of about 200 schools that receive the funds.


US News & World Report

Alameda High School (AHS) won a silver award in the US News & World Report annual "Best High Schools" report released this month. The publication's rankings, which include more than 21,000 public high schools across the country and 2400 in California, are based on the schools' performances on state assessments and how well the schools prepare their students for college.


Factors that the analysts consider include:


  • the number of students taking Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses;
  • students' scores on those tests; and
  • the percentage of economically disadvantaged students enrolled at the school.  

The magazine ranked AHS 102nd in the state (which puts it in the top 4% of all high schools here) and 609th in the country (which puts it in the top 3%  nationwide).


California Business for Education Excellence

California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE), a professional organization comprised of business leaders committed to improving public instruction, named four AUSD schools “2015 CBEE Honor Roll Schools" this month.  The designation honors schools that have demonstrated:


  • consistently high levels of student academic achievement;
  • improvement in achievement over time; and
  • reduction in achievement gaps

CBEE designated ASTI and Lum Elementary Schools as "STEM Honor Roll Schools" (which have higher levels of poverty, are closing their achievement gaps, and have a STEM focus).  The organization selected ASTI, Lum, and Paden Elementary School as "Star Honor Roll Schools" (which have a significant number of low-income students but are also high performing and closing the achievement gap).  Earhart Elementary was named a “Scholar Honor Roll School" (a high-performing school that does not have “significant levels” of low-income students). 


"To have this many AUSD schools winning this many awards this year is incredible," McPhetridge said. "I am grateful to our teachers, staff, and families for the hard work they do every day to support our students. And I am continually grateful to our island community for their support of our Measure A parcel tax, which helps make

possible the small class sizes, AP courses, talented teachers, innovative programs, and programs to close the achievement gap that so clearly fuel our schools' great successes."




Upcoming Board of Education Meetings


June 14, 2016

City Hall, 6:30 pm


June 28, 2016

City Hall, 6:30 pm







Posted by: Susan Davis, District Staff, Alameda Unified School District Published:5/31/16
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