Aeolian and Los Nietos Middle School Recognized By California Business Community For High Academic Achievement and Closing Achievement Gaps on April 17, 2013

The Los Nietos School District is pleased to announce that Aeolian School and Los Nietos Middle School have been selected by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) as two of of 2,108 public schools in California to receive the title of 2012 Honor Roll School. 

Schools receiving this distinction from the California business community have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. 

The CBEE Honor Roll is comprised of “Star Schools” Award (871 schools) and “Scholar Schools” Award (1,237) schools. CBEE Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. CBEE Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population. 

Los Nietos Middle School Principal, Jacqueline Cardenas said, “We are so proud to be recognized by California’s business community as an Honor Roll school,”. Superintendent Vasquez said “All four of our schools work tirelessly to meet the academic needs of our students. The Board of Trustees congratulates the staff and students of Aeolian and Los Nietos Middle School for receiving this recognition.” 

“We have schools throughout the state that are getting it right for all students and this should not be a secret,” said Greg Jones, CBEE Chairman and past member of the California State Board of Education. “To ensure more of our schools succeed, we must change the conversation from being about fixing failing schools to one that focuses on replicating the success of schools like those on the Honor Roll.” 

Over time, CBEE has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include high expectations for all students; ongoing collaboration among teachers to improve practice; targeted use of data to pinpoint challenges and monitor progress; continual intervention for struggling students; and mastery of content knowledge and pedagogical practices. 

“Honor Roll schools are overcoming challenges and obstacles every day for all students and are especially succeeding with kids who have been historically underserved. Our goal is to highlight their results, and provide a voice to these outstanding educators so that their success can be emulated in other places, “ said Jim Lanich, CBEE president. 

The Honor Roll list grew from 261 schools in 2005 to the current 2,108 for 2012. A full list of the Honor Roll schools can be found at: 

The annual Honor Roll award is made possible with support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the California Business Roundtable, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.