The California Department of Education announced that Armstrong E.S. is a 2012 California Distinguished School. Armstrong is one of 387 California public elementary schools identified and honored as the state's most exemplary and innovative public schools that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.
"I am extremely proud of our school for being acknowledged as a California Distinguished School," said Principal Cynthia Sanchez. "Our faculty, staff, and families have worked very hard to ensure that students are given the best education possible, and this award very well reflects our efforts."
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.
According to the press release by the California Department of Education, the application process includes an extensive site visit and validation process. 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.
"This recognition is a true testament to the high expectations, focused approach, and commitment to academic excellence by Armstrong's school community," said Superintendent Richard Martinez.