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La Serna, Pioneer High Schools Recognized Among Top Public Schools – Whittier Daily News

Pioneer and La Serna High Schools, which serve the west and east ends of the Whittier Union High School District, respectively, have been recognized as 2021 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education.

This is the fifth time that La Serna has been recognized and the first time for Pioneer. However, in 1983, Pioneer won a national award for excellence in education. And soon after, President Ronald Reagan visited the school.

La Serna High School located at 15301 Youngwood Drive, Whittier, California. Photo by Sandra Molina, Whittier Daily News/SCNG.

“I can’t say enough about the tremendous work that Pioneer and La Serna are doing, providing the high quality education that our community demands,” Superintendent Martin J. Plourde said in an emailed statement.

“Congratulations to both schools for their recognition,” Plourde wrote. “These schools inspire us and set a standard of high expectations.”

The California Distinguished School Award is the state’s highest honor for top-performing schools, celebrating successes in improving student achievement, achieving high graduation rates, and promoting academic and career resources. .

Awarded to 241 middle and high schools this year, the award recognizes schools for their work in achieving outstanding student performance

Pioneer and La Serna have graduation rates of 94.6% and 93.2%, respectively.

Additionally, 63.9% of Pioneer students have met the requirements of the University of California and California State University, Pioneer High principal Lilia Bozigian said in a phone interview Monday.

La Serna and Pioneer also each offer an Expanded Horizons program, which offers students guidance on how to get financial aid, complete a college application, hone their computer skills, and complete university entrance requirements.

The program also provides English language learners with resources to improve their academic performance and help them prepare for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California exam.

“I’m excited and thrilled for our school community and they deserve it,” Bozigian said. “The teachers are delighted. They are so happy and so proud of the work they have done to get our children to four-way college.

Griselda Castro, director of La Serna, said in an emailed statement that the award recognizes her school’s faculty and staff.

“La Serna has a proud tradition of achievement and a strong commitment to providing our Lancers with a path to success,” Castro wrote.

Castro’s school offers several career technical education paths, including the Green and Clean Academy for small business entrepreneurs, the Film and Media Academy for aspiring filmmakers, and the Sports Career Academy for students heading into sports-oriented careers.