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Edison Language Academy recognized by California business community for high student academic achievement and closing achievement gaps


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced today that Edison Language Academy has been selected by the California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) as one of 871  public schools in California to receive the title of 2012 Honor Roll Star School. CBEE Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. 


Schools receiving this distinction from the California business community have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. 


“We are so proud that Edison Language Academy has been recognized by California’s business community as an Honor Roll Star School for the third consecutive year,” said Sandra Lyon, SMMUSD  Superintendent. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improving our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background.” 


Edison Language Academy Principal Lori Orum noted that Edison is a dual immersion school that fosters bilingualism in English and Spanish for all students.  “Dual immersion schools are designed to provide an enriched and rigorous curriculum for all students while developing students’ proficiency in two languages.  Edison students learn together through two languages,” said Orum.  


Now in its twenty-sixth year as an immersion school, Edison is one of three schools in SMMUSD’s Language Academy, providing a 90-10 dual immersion program for students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  Students continue on to John Adams Middle School and then to Santa Monica High School where they can continue to take both Spanish and one or two other subject matter courses in Spanish through twelfth grade. 


“We have schools throughout the state that are getting it right for all students and this should not be a secret,” said Greg Jones, CBEE Chairman and past member of the California State Board of Education. “To ensure more of our schools succeed, we must change the conversation from being about fixing failing schools to one that focuses on replicating the success of schools like those on the Honor Roll.”


Over time, CBEE has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include high expectations for all students; ongoing collaboration among teachers to improve practice; targeted use of data to pinpoint challenges and monitor progress; continual intervention for struggling students; and mastery of content knowledge and pedagogical practices.


“Honor Roll schools are overcoming challenges and obstacles every day for all students and are especially succeeding with kids who have been historically underserved. Our goal is to highlight their results, and provide a voice to these outstanding educators so that their success can be emulated in other places, “ said Jim Lanich, CBEE president.   


A full list of the Honor Roll schools can be found at:


The annual Honor Roll award is made possible with support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the California Business Roundtable, and several private foundations.  Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.






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