Sanger middle school among best in state

January 9, 2011 

Sanger Unified School District continues to garner accolades.

On Friday, the district's Washington Academic was named one of five high-performing middle schools in the state.

It is one of California's 2011 Schools to Watch -- Taking Center Stage model schools, announced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Washington Academic was singled out for academic performance and improvement on state standardized testing. The 1,615-student school has a diverse population, and most students are socio-economically disadvantaged.

The other four schools singled out by the state are: Andrew Carnegie Middle School in Sacramento County, Calavera Hills Middle School in San Diego County, La Paz Intermediate School in Orange County and Vista Verde Middle School in Riverside County.

On Thursday, Sanger Unified Superintendent Marcus Johnson was named one of four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

Johnson has been superintendent of Sanger Unified since 2003. The district has 10,800 students, more than 80% of whom are minority and nearly 25% are English-language learners.

The four finalists were chosen from 49 state Superintendent of the Year finalists. The four will be at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11 where they will be interviewed by a national blue-ribbon panel of educators, business people and government officials.

A winner will be announced Feb. 17 at the American Association of School Administrators conference.

The other three superintendent finalists are from South Carolina, Washington and Kansas.

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