LAHS named 2013 Honor Roll school

The California Business for Education Excellence 2013 Honor Roll included Los Altos High School on its list of high-performing public schools.

After analyzing student achievement data for every public school in California, the organization recognized Los Altos High for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness.

“Having high standards, effective school leadership and staying focused on student academic achievement has paid off for these Honor Roll schools,” said Lee Blitch, chairman of California Business for Education Excellence and past CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “These schools are an inspiration.”

The organization has identified a common set of success factors in higher-performing Honor Roll schools and districts, including high expectations for all students, ongoing collaboration among teachers to improve practices, targeted use of data to pinpoint challenges and monitor progress, continual intervention for struggling students and mastery of content knowledge and pedagogical practices.

“Our teachers, staff, students and diverse community work together every day to ensure that our students achieve at the highest level possible,” said Principal Wynne Satterwhite. “We are proud of their accomplishments in a rigorous academic program as well as in the arts, athletics and community service. We appreciate the recognition from the California Business for Education Excellence that they have earned through this hard work and dedication to continuous improvement.”

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