Clifford Street Elementary School
Clifford Street fosters a culture of collaboration, high expectations and student success. Although it enrolls a large percentage of low-income students, student test scores exceed both district and state averages. In 2009, Clifford Street was one of 264 public schools that received a Blue Ribbon award from the U.S. Department of Education. It was also one of only six schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District to receive the honor. For the 2007-08 school year, Clifford received California’s Title I Academic Achievement Award. The school is consistently labeled high-performing by California’s Academic Performance Index, which measures student achievement.
Besides its academic focus, Clifford Street emphasizes nurturing the whole child. One way in which the school ensures students receive a well-rounded education is through partnerships with community organizations. These partnerships allow students to participate in after-school programs such as art, dance, music and other activities.
A 2008 profile (http://www.schoolsmovingup.net/cs/smu/view/rs/13563) of the school shows how staff members meet the needs of individual students. The school sets up periodic conferences between parents and teachers, so parents can keep up with their children’s progress and needs. Furthermore, teachers support each other. Each week teachers engage in professional development, and every other month they meet to align curriculum and instructional goals with their colleagues who teach other grades. Such collaboration helps ensure that children of all backgrounds can be successful.
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