On Thursday, May 3, 2018, ABC Unified School District was honored as 2018 Exemplary School District by the California Department of Education at the California School Recognition Program Award Ceremony held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. ABCUSD was selected by the Los Angeles County Office of Education among the 80 school districts in Los Angeles County for this Award. The County Offices of Education were encouraged to select only one district in their county as a California Exemplary School District Awardee for 2018. The 2018 Exemplary School District Award celebrates the achievements of districts who have implemented model practices that have had a positive impact on student outcomes. Both positive culture and climate as well as exceptional strides in student achievement were highlights of the California Exemplary School District Award for ABCUSD.
In addition, four elementary schools in ABC Unified School District were honored as 2018 California Distinguished Schools. They included: Cerritos ES, Elliott ES, Gonsalves ES, and Leal ES. The California Department of Education recognized elementary schools this year that have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students. The four schools were identified by the California Department of Education based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard.
Attending the Awards Ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel were President of the Board Soo Yoo, Board Members Maynard Law and Ernie Nishii, Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu, and Director of School Services Dr. Cheryl Bodger. Each of the Award winning schools came with a team led by their principals including Kevin Amburgey, Principal-Cerritos ES, Fran Barron, Principal-Elliott ES, Robert Benko, Principal-Gonsalves ES, and Paul Andre White, Principal-Leal ES.
According to Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu, “We’re absolutely honored to be recognized as a 2018 California Exemplary School District. We applaud the great work of our students, staff, families, and community members for what we’ve been able to accomplish in ABCUSD! ”