Camarillo High to apply for California Distinguished School award

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Principal Glenn Lipman knows how hard his staff and students work.

Those efforts continue to pay off. Adolfo Camarillo High School recently posted a 21-point improvement in its state test scores over last year to earn an Academic Performance Index score of 869.

In an effort to bring greater attention to the school’s success both in academics and other programs, Lipman said, Camarillo High has applied to be called a California Distinguished School.

The award, administered by the California Department of Education, is based on several criteria, including API scores. Camarillo High last received the distinction in 2009. This is the first year since then that it has been eligible to apply for the recognition.

Applications for the award are due by Dec. 10. In February, the state will send an evaluation team made up of educators to the campus to ensure that the application is accurate, and the award winners will be announced in late March.

Lipman said the award would represent more than the large flag and plaque it comes with.

“It means validation for the whole school,” said Lipman, who has been principal of the school for eight years.

“It’s about us being recognized for all the hard work of the students, the teachers and the parents.”

Officials at the state Department of Education said qualifying for the award is difficult, and there are schools that qualify but don’t receive the award.

Gabe Soumakian, superintendent for Oxnard Union High School District, lauded the high school’s staff, especially Lipman, for its success.

“The principal has done a fabulous job at the school,” Soumakian said. “Camarillo High is a high-performance school.”

Soumakian said the scores at Camarillo High establish it as a top-tier school, and students have no need to attend neighboring districts to receive a quality education.

“This is another great honor for the school,” Soumakian said. “If I had a child living in Camarillo, I would definitely try to send them there.”

Lipman went further than the superintendent in his assessment of the school.

“We’re one of the top high schools in the state,” he said. “ We’re giving a top- notch education to the students at Camarillo High.”

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