Las Lomitas, Ormondale named 'distinguished schools'


Las Lomitas School in Atherton and Ormondale School in Portola Valley made the list of California Distinguished Schools for 2010, the California Department of Education announced on April 19.

Both schools serve children in kindergarten through third grade.

The two schools were among 484 public elementary schools in the state to receive the honor, awarded "because of their academic excellence and for narrowing achievement gaps," according to a written statement from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.

Schools were identified for eligibility for the award based on the results of their Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress tests, according to a press release from the state Department of Education. The program examines applications voluntarily submitted by schools across the state.

"All applicants underwent a stringent selection process" conducted by the Department of Education, the press release said.

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