El Rodeo’s qualification was based on the substantial increase in student achievement over the past three years as measured by the CAASPP assessments.
“We have gone up over 30% in ELA and doubled in math over the past 3 years,” says El Rodeo Principal Kevin Allen, “While we are extremely proud of our students and staff on their achievement, we realize that this is just one step in our journey to being one of the highest performing schools in the state!”
In addition to the main award, El Rodeo has also submitted an application for the Outstanding Arts Award. The application process and will include a site visit to observe the school’s visual and performing arts program. Only the schools that qualified for the Distinguished School award were permitted to apply for the secondary award.
“I want to commend our visual and performing arts teachers, Dr. Andrea Kay, Elizabeth Federman and Fred Pinto on their hard work in writing the application that was submitted in tandem with the Distinguished School application,” says Allen, “It is that level of collaboration and professionalism that makes our VAPA programs shine!”
The announcement of the 2018 award winners from the California Distinguished Schools Program will be made in April.