5 schools get grants for improvement

first_imgDesert Willow’s plan calls for addressing the areas of teacher training, teacher collaboration and providing services to students, Pitts said. The new money will help Desert Willow start new programs such as a math remediation program and AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college-prep program that targets middle-of-the-road students, Pitts said. The schools must achieve “significant growth” of at least 10 points on the Academic Performance Index over three years and positive growth in two of the past three years that they participate in the program. Schools that fail to improve will be required to undertake further corrective action to improve student achievement. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Five Antelope Valley schools are among more than 400 statewide to split $101 million from a state program to help low-performing schools. Antelope, Daisy Gibson and Lake Los Angeles elementary schools in the Keppel Union School District; Mariposa School in the Lancaster School District; and Desert Willow Intermediate in the Palmdale School District will be getting more than $1.2 million from the High Priority Schools Grant program. “We are very excited about this grant. This grant will help us improve our performance without a doubt,” Desert Willow Principal Thomas Pitts said. Last year the five schools received $50,000 each in High Priority funds to develop plans to improve student achievement. This year’s grants will allow the schools to implement the plans. Antelope, Daisy Gibson and Lake Los Angeles will get $116,000, $255,200 and $208,800, respectively; Mariposa will receive $299,600; and Desert Willow, $336,000. Schools with approved plans would receive $400 per student per year for up to four years. This round of High Priority Schools Grant funding is intended to help schools in the bottom half of the state’s Academic Performance Index ranking from 2005. The grants provide additional resources to target student performance. “These grants are designed to help tens of thousands of additional students in low-performing schools,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said. “This much-needed money will help schools implement effective action plans and provide critical resources to help students succeed.” last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *