Dr. Linda Stewart, principal of Francis Hopkinson Elementary School, reported on her school to the Board of Trustees of the Los Alamitos School District at the Board’s regular meeting on September 27,
There was a lot to report.
The school, deeply embedded in the community of Rossmoor, is a national blue-ribbon school of excellence and has been named a California distinguished school three times.
Since 1999 — when testing for academic performance was mandated by the Public Schools Accountability Act — Hopkinson has raised the school’s Academic Performance Index (API) from an already good 818 to this year’s stellar 957.
Hopkinson also shines in Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR), maintaining or exceeding levels reached last school year in language arts and mathematics in grades two through five. Indeed, fifth grade math results jumped higher by ten points. A total of 46 perfect STAR scores were recorded across all subjects and grades tested. Ninety percent of fifth graders performed at an advanced or proficient level.
Dr. Stewart also reported on three priority goals for the new school year.
Increase academic achievement in writing, mathematical problem solving and reading comprehension.
Intervention and differentiation to identify students in need of help or greater academic challenge.
Improve instruction through increasing purposefulness, rigor and student engagement.
Dr. Stewart also emphasized the importance of community engagement with the school. This takes the form of on-site volunteers, active participation in the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and the school site council, fundraising through Friends of Hopkinson, publishing school news and inviting the community on campus for special events like hukilau, carnival and family socials.
For more information about Hopkinson Elementary School, visit www.losal.org or call 562-799-4500.
Hopkinson Elementary School is located at 12582 Kensington Road in the community of Rossmoor.
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