State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced this morning that Neil Armstrong Elementary in Diamond Bar is one of 387 public elementary schools named 2012 California Distinguished Schools.
According to the California Department of Education, the honor is bestowed upon schools that have “innovative education programs that encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.”
Schools that earn the title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and serve as mentors to educators.
"The schools we are recognizing today demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools," Torlakson said. "Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence."
Armstrong is in the Pomona Unified School District, serving about 300 students in North Diamond Bar. Torlakson will present Armstrong and the other California Distinguished Schools with a plaque and flag.