Buena Park Junior High honored for academic excellence

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Buena Park Junior High School in the Buena Park School District announced recently that it has been selected by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as one of 1851 public schools in California to receive the title of 2014 Honor Roll School.

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.

Buena Park Junior High School in the Buena Park School District announced recently that it has been selected by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as one of 1851 public schools in California to receive the title of 2014 Honor Roll School.

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.

For high schools, the honor roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. The CBEE Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award (1328 schools) and “Scholar Schools” Award (523 schools).

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.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized by California’s business community,” said Buena Park Junior High Principal Erik Bagger.“Our staff works hard to help improve the lives of our students and families. This honor roll recognition is evidence that our whole school community is full filling our mission to educate, motivate and inspire students to achieve academic success and become productive global citizens.”

The annual honor roll award is made possible with support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, 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.

“Many of our high performing schools are not getting the recognition they deserve.  These schools that succeed in reducing the achievement gap and preparing their students for college and careers should be celebrated,” said Lee Blitch,CBEE Chairman and past CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “There are schools all over California that are leaders in ensuring their students are getting the best quality of education. Those schools need to be recognized.”

The Honor Roll is a school recognition program that uses only academic achievement data showing improved academic growth over time and a closing of the achievement gap.

“The American education system has a secret. Many schools are doing well… 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.” said Jim Lanich, CBEE president.  “All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success and leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for all students.”

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