By Ian Hanigan
The Orange County Register’s latest breakdown of high-performing elementary schools has IUSD’s Stonegate Elementary as the No. 1 school in the county.
The similarly named Stone Creek Elementary School also earned a gold medal in the special report that was published on Sunday, while Irvine’s Turtle Rock and Westpark elementary schools each earned bronze medals.
As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, school rankings can be highly subjective, as different news outlets use different criteria for evaluating campuses. Nevertheless, the Register’s annual analysis of Orange County’s public schools draws a lot of eyes and is definitely worth noting here.
“Irvine’s Stonegate Elementary was this year’s leader, jumping from No. 14 to No. 1, a year after earning federal recognition with a Blue Ribbon Award,” the report says. “School staff say they constantly explore new ways to teach, whether by adapting to new technology or holding yoga classes to keep kids focused – all while enrollment has more than doubled in the past five years.”
In making its selections for 2014, the newspaper says it awarded 22 medals to the county’s 371 elementary schools by assessing a number of metrics, including academics, fitness and diversity. And though K-8 schools weren’t …read more
Read more here: Irvine Unified News