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Local campuses named national 'blue ribbon' schools

Photo: A student at the California Academy of Mathematics and Sciences attaches gears on a robot for a robotics competition. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times Twenty-one California schools, including four in Los Angeles County and four in Orange County, have been named national "blue ribbon" schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

The L.A. County schools are the California Academy of Mathematics and Science in Carson, McGrath Elementary in Newhall, Gertz-Ressler High School in Los Angeles and Merced Elementary in West Covina.

The Academy of Math and Science is a magnet high school that serves high-achieving students from several nearby school systems. Gertz-Ressler is a charter high school run independently of the local school district by Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. It's located in the University Park neighborhood south of downtown.

The federal program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools "where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing," according to the Education Department. All the L.A. County winners have high scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is used to measure California schools and is based largely on standardized test scores.

The Orange County schools are Thorpe Fundamental School in Santa Ana, Muir Fundamental Elementary School in Santa Ana, Emery Elementary School in Buena Park and Allen Elementary School in Fountain Valley.

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-- Howard Blume

Photo: A student at blue ribbon-winning California Academy of Mathematics and Science in Carson attaches gears on a robot for a robotics competition. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

 
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