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El Cerrito School Honored by U.S. Department of Education

The Tehiyah Day School received the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School honor on Friday.

El Cerrito’s Tehiyah Day School has new bragging rights. The celebrated private Jewish day school, which teaches bridge kindergarten through eighth grade, was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School.

“Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers,"said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a news release. "Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future."

The National Blue Ribbon Award is given to both private and public schools in two categories. Tehiyah Day School was recognized in the category "Exemplary High Performing School," which is based on standardized tests and detailed information about the school’s programs,” according to Tehiyah school spokeswoman Donna Sidel.

Tehiyah is one of two California schools to receive the award, which has been granted by the U.S. Department of Education for 30 years.

Giorgio C. September 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Congratulations, Tehiyah! I now ask that Patch staff write a follow-up on the specific criteria assessed and compare this the results of the same criteria for WCCUSD schools. Can the WCCUSD learn from this model? It should be noted that WCCUSD Hanna Ranch Elementary school in Hercules received the California Distinguished schools award, so this school should also be a focus of this comparison-study. How is curriculum developed and delivered? Who are the teachers (background, salaries, etc.)? What mechanisms are in place for giving parents more access to their child's education? I ask about this item because the Superintendent recently stated that the district cannot REQUIRE teachers to use some of the internet technology that has helped parents keep track of their child's work and progress, that this has to be negotiated with the union. Are union contracts an issue at Tehiyah? How about discipline-suspension policies? We have two examples in our community of what works. Let's learn from them.
Eric Bordax September 14, 2012 at 05:39 AM
guys this is proof that the wccusd is literally the best distrct in all of el cerrito seriously everyone give yourself a hand

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