Henry Haight Elementary School has received a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award from the California Department of Education (CDE), an honor given to only 1.7 percent of California schools.
The award goes to schools that a) receive federal Title 1 funds, which are given to meet the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line; b) have student populations in which more than 40% are socio-economically disadvantaged; and c) have demonstrated that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, socio-economically disadvantaged students in schools that receive the award need to have doubled the achievement targets set for them by the state for two consecutive years.
About 60% of Haight School's students are socio-economically disadvantaged. The percentage of students there who scored at or above the proficiency level in English grew from 59.8% in 2011 to 67.7% in 2013. The percentage who scored at or above the proficiency level in Math grew from 64.5% to 73.8% in the same time period. The percentage of socio-economically disadvantaged students who scored at or above proficient in English grew from 55.3% in 2011 to 66.7% between 2011 and 2013; the percentage who scored at or above proficient in Math grew from 59.6% to 72.2%.
"I am so proud of the amazing and consistent growth that Haight students have achieved," said Superintendent Kirsten Vital. "This is an incredible testament to the skill and commitment that Haight's educators, staff, and parent/guardians bring to that school every day to help their students — some of whom struggle with very real, very difficult life circumstances — receive the education they need and deserve."
Due to the very high standard for qualifying, only three other Title 1 schools in Alameda County won the award this year, out of about 200 schools that receive the funds. Across the state, only 105 schools, of the roughly 6000 that receive Title 1 funds, received the award.
"I would like to thank our teachers, students, and parents for making it possible for our school to receive this prestigious award," said Richard Aguirre, principal of Haight School. "This work was done by all of us working as a team."
Title 1 funds are authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as "No Child Left Behind." The funds go to schools (and school districts) that have high percentages of low-income students. More than 6,000 of the California's 10,000 schools receive these funds. You can find more information about the Title 1 Academic Achievement Award here.
—Information submitted by Alameda Unified School District