Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools

State Schools Chief Jack O'Connell Announces
2008-09 Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools

SACRAMENTO — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell today announced that 200 California schools have been selected for the 2008-09 Title I Academic Achievement Award. They represent 88 school districts in 27 counties. The list of winners is attached.

Gordon J. Lau Elementary

Edward R. Taylor Elementary

Francis Scott Key Elementary

Garfield Elementary

Yick Wo Elementary

Sherman Elementary

Sutro Elementary

Ulloa Elementary

Visitacion Valley Elementary

John Yehall Chin (Elem)

"These schools deserve high praise for improving student achievement," said O'Connell. “They have addressed barriers to student success and were able to create a school environment conducive to learning. I congratulate the teachers, staff, paraprofessionals, parents, and students who all worked hard this past year to improve. I hold these schools up as models for their success in ensuring that all students without regard to race, economic status, or physical or mental challenges are given the kind of education that allows them to achieve to their fullest potential."

The Title I Academic Achievement Award may be given only to schools receiving federal Title1 funds as authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. To be eligible for the Title I Schoolwide Program, a school must enroll 40 percent or more of socioeconomically disadvantaged students. For more information about the Title I Schoolwide Program, please visit: Schoolwide Programs - Title I.

To meet the criteria for this distinction, the school must demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years. For more information about the Title I Academic Achievement Awards please visit: Academic Achievement Awards - School/Teacher Recognition.

Title I is a part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and is the single largest federal educational program for K-12 public education. Of the more than 9,000 schools in California, more than 6,000 of them participate in the Title I program.

Prior to his public announcement, O'Connell personally called the principal at each school to inform them of their selection. “They were extremely excited at hearing the news and equally proud of being recognized for their hard work and success," said O'Connell. “It was inspiring to talk to them and share in this extraordinary moment."

The 200 awardees will be honored at a special award ceremony held in conjunction with the annual California Title I Conference scheduled for April 27-28, 2009, at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in Anaheim. For more information about the California Title I Conference, please visit Title I Conference Information for 2009 - Improving Academic Achievement.


  1. I passed this information on to the blog and want to point out that it was not published "today" as the press release states, but is from earlier this year. The information and list still provide relevant information since many of the schools on the list have been on there since 2001.

  2. This list is essentially all the Chinese schools on the West side, plus ER Taylor and Vis Valley.

    Is anyone surprised that poor Chinese immigrants do well? What about the failing San Francisco elementary schools? What about the SF elementary schools that are 50+% black or Latino?

  3. Okay, 10:28, what about them? The achievement gaps are widely known. The Board is certainly aware of them. It's not a problem unique to San Francisco. So what are you saying here? Are you simply reiterating the issue or are you willing to suggest ideas to support positive change? Serious question.

    Anyway, nothing you said takes away from the achievement of these schools, all fine elementary schools--and most still fairly accessible to families that frequent this blog--partly because they are not the so-called "trophy" schools with 1000+ applications, and partly because families here may very well offer diversity in the lottery to these schools, which all have at least 40% low-income kids. Very worth checking out. They are actually all over the SF map--including the Sunset, the Richmond, Chinatown/North Beach, and the SE part of town.

  4. Except for Sherman, not a trophy school among them.

  5. Yeah, I'm surprised to see Sherman here. I just assumed a bunch of well off kids with yuppy-ish Marina parents went there. I didn't even think there were any low-income people anywhere near that school. They must run some busses from somewhere far away.

  6. Sherman is over half Asian American, with 40% English-language learners and over 60% socio-economically disadvantaged. There are buses to/from several neighborhoods, including Chinatown.

    Although there certainly are Marina families at Sherman (the school is more than 1/4 caucasian, a high percentage for the district), remember that Pacific Heights and Marina neigbhorhoods have among the lowest rates of participation in public schools in the city. The vast majority of kids there go private, and their parents probably don't even look at the public schools, which is a shame.

    Sherman is a very nice school. A little hard to get into is the only problem.

    Off-topic, did anyone here see the McSweeney newspaper publication that hit the stands yesterday? It's called the San Francisco Panorama and it's great (book reviews alone are worth the price--and it has an old-fashioned comics section!). Anyway, there is a cool op-ed in there by Dan Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, about why he chose public kindergarten for his kid.

  7. Thanks so much for posting this. Very helpful.

    I think Robert Louis Stevenson and E R Taylor just got blue ribbon awards as well. I don't know the other schools in the city who got this.

    I've toured RLS and E R Taylor and just loved the principals at both schools.

    Again, thanks!

  8. Sherman used to be a feeder school from Chinatown, Russian Hill, and North Beach (local Pac Heights and Marina children never went there).

    Also, it has classes for Chinese-American immigrants (not an immersion program) in K-3.

    Otherwise, it is gradually becoming a non-neighborhood, mostly Caucazoid entity. But a wonderful place ! Great teaching staff and parent involvement.

  9. Thanks for telling us about Sherman!

  10. 5:51 PM said..."mostly Caucazoid entity" You know, I take issue with this term. What does that mean ? And why write such unproductive comments ? Sorry if some kids happen to be white. That said, Sherman is a wonderfully diverse place with great energy. And BTW, I am a Russian Hill renter/ parent who happily brings our brand of diversity to Sherman. My child's kindergarten is highly diverse in that it not only has children from many different ethnicities but also economic levels. Why such negativity ? Seems like happy news to me. And a shout out to the other neighborhood schools for their achievement: Yick Wo, John Yehell Chin,and Garfield ! (and next year Spring Valley will make it !)

  11. Off-topic, did anyone here see the McSweeney newspaper publication that hit the stands yesterday? It's called the San Francisco Panorama and it's great (book reviews alone are worth the price--and it has an old-fashioned comics section!). Anyway, there is a cool op-ed in there by Dan Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, about why he chose public kindergarten for his kid.

    December 9, 2009 11:13 AM


    Where can you get this publication? (McSweeny's)

  12. I believe they sold out the first run but may have been planning another run? I'd contact McSweeney's to ask, or check their website.