Farragut, El Marino Named Distinguished Schools
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced that Farragut Elementary School and El Marino Language School are among the 387 exemplary California public elementary schools named as 2012 California Distinguished Schools for their innovative education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.
"The schools we are recognizing demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools," Torlakson said. "Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence."
Superintendent Patricia Jaffe said the recognition further underscores the District's efforts to provide the best education possible to Culver City's children.
"I am extremely proud of the teachers, staff and administrators at all of our schools, and I especially congratulate everyone at Farragut and El Marino on this most-deserved honor," she said.
The 2012 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California's students and their entitlement to an equitable and rigorous education. The program identifies and honors those schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap.
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.
Once schools are deemed eligible, the CDE invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.