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La Granada Elementary School Recognized with Top Statewide Educational Honor

The Alvord Unified School District has been chosen as one of 56 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 37th year, is sponsored by the California School Boards Association. The award recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students and focus on meeting the needs of all public school students.


La Granada Elementary School was awarded the 2016 Golden Bell Award in the Technology category for its exemplary and innovative program Literacy and ACHIEVE 3000.

In addition to receiving a CSBA Golden Bell Award, Alvord USD will also receive a $1,000.00 sponsorship award for the exemplary Technology program, sponsored by the Climatec. This award was presented at the CSBA Golden Bell Awards Luncheon on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis San Francisco.

Experts from school districts and county offices of education made up the 16-member judging panel that reviewed the written entries made the initial recommendations for the awards. On-site validators assessed the programs in action. This year’s award is presented to school districts and county offices of education helping students achieve through after-school programs, mentoring, instructional interventions, use of data and other innovations.


“California’s K-12 public schools continue to produce some of the nation’s best and brightest students, and our Golden Bell recipients are a reflection of that excellence as well as the spirit of innovation which is so characteristic of this state,” said CSBA CEO and Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “The Golden Bell Awards recognize the quality and the determination of school leaders from across California in meeting the needs of California's students through award-winning programs and services.”


CSBA is the non-profit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at  


Literacy Achievement using ACHIEVE 3000 La Granada Staff, Board President and Superintendent of Schools