Sat11222014

LAHS named California Distinguished School

The California Department of Education once again named Los Altos High School a California Distinguished School.

A state Department of Education official noted that Distinguished Schools provide a rigorous education to all students while making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

In addition to students’ earning top scores on California’s Academic Performance Index, the department recognized Los Altos High for practices that aimed to increase the achievement of Latino students and those who enter high school below grade level. On the application, high school staff highlighted the work of the Latino Student Union, the Latino parent group LUCHA and the ninth-grade Core/Academic Support program.

Representatives of the Santa Clara County Office of Education visited the school in March to assess the practices and meet with students, parents and staff. The visit confirmed the high quality of Los Altos High’s academic program and campus climate, officials said.

“I personally want to commend you and your staff for making the site validation visit a memorable day for the Distinguished Schools team,” wrote Martha L. Martinez, director III of District/School Improvement Services and lead visitor to Los Altos High, in an email following her visit.

“We are especially proud of being recognized for meeting the needs of all students, and challenging all students, to achieve at the highest levels,” said Principal Wynne Satterwhite.

In a press release, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said that schools like Los Altos High “have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college.”

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