Peralta and Lincoln Elementary Win Academic Awards

Peralta Principal Rosette Costello.

Peralta Elementary and Lincoln Elementary captured California’s coveted Title I Academic Achievement award. The two schools led a list of six Oakland Public School honorees that includes American Indian Public Charter, Berkeley Maynard Academy, Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy, and Oakland Charter Academy.
The schools were recognized schools for producing sterling academic results while serving a socio-economically disadvantaged population. Title I schools educate high concentrations of students from low-income families and often have large English Language Learner (ELL) populations. California is home to more than 6,000 Title I schools and just 238 of them, or roughly three percent, received this week’s Title I Award.
Lincoln has won every year since 2004.
Peralta Principal Rosette Costello’s leadership, along with active and engaged parents, helped turn Peralta into one of the most sought after schools. Peralta’s API score of 892 (API is California’s primary metric for measuring student achievement), is one of just 57 schools in California where the average API score for African-Americans tops 800. Grass Valley Elementary also joins Peralta on this list.
All of the winning schools have student bodies where at least 40 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, yet, in every case, they more than doubled the State’s academic growth targets. Lincoln Elementary, where nearly 80 percent of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch and many students speak languages other than English at home, proves that socioeconomic or linguistic challenges need not stand in the way of excellence.
Lincoln’s Principal John Melvin reported that the school’s API score now stands at 933. This year, Lincoln is one of just 35 in the state of California, to be nominated for a National Blue Ribbon School Award.