Los Alamitos Elementary School has exceeded the state's Academic Performance Index (API) target of 800 and Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) targets each year. The school is a National Gold Ribbon School and a two-time California Distinguished School.
LAE was recognized as a Silver Medal School by The Orange County Register's 2011 Public School Rankings. The Register's 2011 Best Public Schools report honors a total of 146 elementary schools with gold, silver and bronze medals.
In addition, LAE made the California Business of Education Excellence 2010 Honor Roll. The honor roll includes 1,221 California public elementary, middle and high schools that have been recognized by California’s business community for having demonstrated consistent high academic achievement and making significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all students.
LAE staff members have also been individually recognized for excellence. Please see the Teacher and Principal Awards & Achievements from recent years:
Principal Sunghie Okino Receives Multiple Awards for Leadership Dr. Sunghie Okino was recognized in 2011 as the district’s administrator of the year as well as the Seal Beach Lions Club administrator of the year. Dr. Okino received special recognition as Orange County’s Elementary Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) as well as the National Distinguished Principal award.
Mrs. Marilyn Schefski Awarded Los Alamitos Unified School District Teacher of the Year Mrs. Marilyn Schefski, fifth grade teacher, was selected as the district’s teacher of the year. She is known for the difference she makes in students both academically and personally. Dr. Okino describes Mrs. Schefski as “a fierce advocate for students and the epitome of someone who truly believes that all children can learn at high levels”.