DALY CITY, Calif., May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Virtual Academy at San Mateo, an online public charter school, announced today that is has been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as one of the select public schools in California to receive the title of 2015 Honor Roll school.
"California Virtual Academy at San Mateo is proud to be recognized as an Honor Roll school," said Don Burbulys, President of the charter school's nonprofit board of directors. "Making the Honor Roll is a credit to our entire school community of teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents who are dedicated to educating children and doing what is right. We are proud to be a public education option for families in California, and to be recognized by the California business community for our achievement and commitment to helping students succeed."
The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the "Star Schools" Award and "Scholar Schools" Award. California Virtual Academy at San Mateo was given the "Star Schools" award which is given to schools with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time.
California Virtual Academy at San Mateo is authorized by Jefferson Elementary School District.
"Congratulations to California Virtual Academy at San Mateo," said Bernie Vidales, Superintendent of Jefferson Elementary School District. "It is a great accomplishment and a testament to the commitment of the school's teachers and staff to student achievement and continuous improvement."
"We as adults have the opportunity to remove obstacles and boost momentum along the pathway from preschool to career," said Lee Blitch, ERP Board Chairman and President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. "When we close achievement gaps, we set our children on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy. These Honor Roll schools are setting their students on the path to a college degree and the financial security of a living wage job."
"The American education system has a secret," said Jim Lanich, ERP president and CEO. "Many schools are doing well and the Honor Roll proves it. Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given the opportunity. All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. Leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for all students."
The annual Honor Roll award is made possible by support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, AAA, Macy's, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.
A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts, and the STEM awardees can be found at http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll?State=CA or follow Jim Lanich, President and CEO at @JLanich or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Virtual Academy at San Mateo
CAVA @ San Mateo is an online public charter school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are residents of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. California-credentialed teachers provide instruction, guidance and support for students. CAVA @ San Mateo uses the high-quality curriculum and academic programs provided by K12 Inc., a leading online learning provider. More information can be found at cava.k12.com
Educational Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education
Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) partner with leaders in the business community in a shared mission: to ensure all students are prepared to success in college and career. Together, we work to improve educational productivity at all levels "K through Job." We draw upon the nation's largest database on student achievement to uncover successful schools, particularly in economically disadvantaged districts, and promote their best practices to schools that want to do better. Since 2005, the Honor Roll has focused business and academic leaders around a common agenda for high performing public schools leading to increased college success and economic productivity.
SOURCE California Virtual Academy at San Mateo