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Nine San Francisco Public Schools Named Better Than the Rest

Scott Lucas | May 1, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

A whole bunch of San Francisco parents just picked up some serious bragging rights at their next yogalates class.

Nine San Francisco elementary schools were among the 424 statewide named by the California Department of Education as California Distinguished Schools.

They were: Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila, Clarendon Elementary, Grattan Elementary, Gordon J. Lau Elementary, McKinley Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary, West Portal Elementary, and Lawton and Claire Lilienthal Alternative schools.

The awards, which recognize schools making progress in closing the achievement gap, is given in alternative years to elementary and middle schools. In 2012, nine elementary schools in San Francisco were also named to the distinction, up from six in 2010.

Geographically, they are diverse: Four of them are on the Westside, three towards the center core, one in the Marina, and one in Chinatown. San Francisco schools did well compared to Oakland, where only three—Achieve Academy, Montclair Elementary, and Think College Now—were named to the distinction. But at least per capita, it's hard to beat tiny Orinda, which had four schools on the list.

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