5 Kern County schools honored with state award

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Five Kern County schools were honored today after winning a prestigious state award.


The Kern County Superintendents of Schools office held a ceremony to honor five local schools that have received one of three awards given by the California Department of Education (CDE) or National Title I Association.

Fruitvale Junior High, Liberty High School and Norris Middle School were honored for being selected as three of California’s 2013 Distinguished Schools. The awards are given annually by the CDE to schools throughout the state that have demonstrated their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.

For the second straight year, W.A. Kendrick Elementary School received the Title I Achievement Award by the CDE. Schools receiving the award must have demonstrated that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socio-economically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.        

Cesar E. Chavez High School will be recognized for being named a 2012 National Distinguished School by the National Title I Association. Only two schools per state are selected each year as National Distinguished Schools, making this an especially prestigious honor.

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