Closing the gap: SF schools earn state laurels

By: Amy Crawford

Nine public elementary schools in San Francisco and six on the Peninsula were among the 2012 California Distinguished Schools announced by the state Thursday.

The 387 schools were recognized for innovative programs helping to close the achievement gap between the test scores of black and Hispanic students and their white and Asian peers.

“Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence,” state Public Instruction Superintendent Tom Torlakson said in a statement.

The San Francisco schools were Dianne Feinstein, Edward R. Taylor, Frank McCoppin, John Yehall Chin, Lafayette, New Traditions, Sherman, Ulloa and Alice Fong Yu Alternative.

On the Peninsula, the schools were Roosevelt in Burlingame, Hillsborough City, Laurel and North Shoreview Montessori in the San Mateo-Foster City School District, Junipero Serra in South San Francisco and Woodside Elementary.

The schools are required to share their best ideas in a searchable database and to offer advice to other schools.