FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Issued By: Superintendent Sean McPhetridge (510) 337-7060 and
Board President Barbara Kahn (510) 337-7187
Alameda, Calif. – Thursday October 1, 2015 – Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an Early College High School in Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), won a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award this week.
The award, which is given out by the U.S. Department of Education, honors academically excellent elementary, middle, and high schools. Only 29 public schools in California and 285 nationwide received the award. ASTI was designated an "Exemplary High Performing School," which means it is in the top 15 percent of schools statewide, as measured by various assessments. .
"I am very proud of the fantastic work staff, students, and families at ASTI have done over the last decade," said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge, Ed.D. "I remember when the Early College High School movement was just beginning, with AUSD being one of the first school districts to start one. This award puts ASTI into the very top tier of high schools across the state and nation. I congratulate all ASTI teachers, staff, students, and families for a job well done. Many people contributed to this moment over more than a decade of building the school there, and I am very grateful and very thankful for it!"
As an Early College High School, ASTI's primary objective is to increase college readiness and retention among first-generation college-bound students and students from groups that are typically underrepresented on college campuses. The program allows students to enroll full-time at College of Alameda in 11th and 12th grade. As a result, about 40% of the students graduate with an AA degree, and 88% of the graduates meet the course requirements for attending a University of California campus.
The school was founded in 2002 and is supported by Measure A parcel tax money.
"This award is a welcome and well-deserved recognition of the hard work put in by ASTI teachers, students, College of Alameda and Peralta Community College District administration and instructors, AUSD, parents, and all members of our community," said ASTI Principal Tracy Corbally.
Five of the eight public high schools chosen from California this year were either Early or Middle College High Schools.
"The College of Alameda is pleased with this much-deserved national recognition of ASTI," said Joi Lin Blake, Ed.D., president of the College of Alameda. "Research has shown that early college high school programs increase student access, affordability, achievement, and completion. The Peralta Community College District is committed to continued collaborative partnerships that promote and support student success."
The 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. next month.
You can find more information about the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools on the U.S. Department of Education website and more information on ASTI on its website. The description of ASTI on the Blue Ribbon website is here.
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