Two Mountain View elementary schools received the 2014 California Distinguished School Award this year. Monta Loma Elementary and Frank L. Huff Elementary Schools both received the award for demonstrating academic excellence and narrowing the education gap in their schools.
One way California measures this is through the Academic Performance Index, or API. Both schools saw an increase in API for the whole student body last year, but made significant increases for socio-economically disadvantaged students, Latinos and English language learners. The biggest jumps were at Huff, where Latino student API increased from 815 to 885, and socio-economically disadvantaged student API scores increased from 805 to 869.
In a district-wide press release, Superintendent Craig Goldman said he is extremely proud of students, teachers, staff and the community at Huff and Monta Loma for what they have accomplished.
All 424 public elementary schools who received the California Distinguished School award this year will be recognized at a state-wide regional awards ceremony on June 13 in Concord.
The Mountain View Whisman School District now has three distinguished schools in the district. Last year, Graham Middle School was also selected for the California Distinguished School award.