The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities 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 Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award.
Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. Harmony received the Star School distinction.
“I cannot express how grateful I am that Harmony Magnet Academy will be honored for the fifth year in a row as a California Honor Roll School,” Harmony Magnet Academy Principal Jeff Brown said. “The continued efforts of our faculty and the unwavering support of the PUSD Governing Board, district office administration, our Superintendent Dr. John Snavely, and our advisory boards have been tremendous. Harmony Magnet Academy maintains a high standard of education that the community has embraced. As HMA moves forward, we understand our mission continues to produce quality citizens who are college and career ready. I would like to thank all of our partners and our PUSD support structure without whose help HMA would have never achieved this distinguished status.”
“We as adults have the opportunity to remove obstacles and boost momentum along the pathway from preschool to career,” said Lee Blitch, ERP Board Chairman and President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “When we close achievement gaps, we set our children on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy. These Honor Roll schools are setting their students on the path to a college degree and the financial security of a living wage job.”
“The American education system has a secret,” said Jim Lanich, ERP president and CEO. Many schools are doing well and the Honor Roll proves it. Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given the opportunity. All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. Leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for all students.”
The annual Honor Roll award is made possible by support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, AAA, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.