Local campuses named national 'blue ribbon' schools
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.
-- 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