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On April 11th, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson named Tetzlaff Middle School in Cerritos and Artesia High School in Lakewood as 2013 California Distinguished Schools. The two schools were named along with 216 public middle and high schools in California for this highest State honor. According to Dr. Mary Sieu, Superintendent of ABC Unified School, “These schools were selected for their strong commitment and innovative strategies to improve student academic achievement. They provide high quality instruction that prepares them for college and the workforce.”
Tetzlaff Middle School is a magnet school with an Accelerated Learning focus. The school has been involved with implementing the SpringBoard Program sponsored by College Board that allows each student to be prepared for Pre-Advanced Placement classes. Tetzlaff MS is currently a finalist as a National Demonstration School for the College Board’s SpringBoard Program.
Artesia High School is a magnet school that has focused on providing a rigorous education to all students including students with disabilities and English learners. School-wide strategies are used to motivate students and data analysis serves as the basis for their school improvement efforts.
Both schools had to meet a variety of eligibility criteria including accountability measures in order to apply for the California Distinguished Schools recognition. Once schools were eligible, they were invited to be recognized as a California Distinguished School. Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and become a mentor to those seeking to replicate their work.
Tetzlaff MS and Artesia HS will be honored during a regional award ceremony held in May where Supt. Torlaksen will present each school with a 2013 Distinguished School plaque and flag. The Distinguished School designation is valid for four years (2013-17)
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