Saratoga Union School District schools continue to be some of the best in the state and country as evidenced by Academic Performance Index scores released this morning by the California Department of Education.
The district earned a total of 968 points out of 1,000 possible ones in its 2012 growth score compared to its 969 base score in 2011, a one-point change.
Superintendent Lane Weiss was not immediately available for comment, but the specific school API data is as follows:SARATOGA UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 2012 GROWTH 2011 BASE 2011-12 GROWTH Saratoga Union School District 968 969 -1 Argonaut Elementary School 978 984 -6 Foothill Elementary School 933 937 -4 Saratoga Elementary School 958 956 +2 Redwood Middle School 978 977 +1
The Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District scored an impressive 905 in 2012, a gain of 1 point from its 2011 base score of 904, while Los Gatos High School scored 886, two points higher than last year's 884.
Similarly, Saratoga High School maintained its impressive 933 score that it received last year.
Since 2007, LGSUHSD has experienced steady API growth, reaching an all time district high of 905 this year, district officials raved. The score exceeds the statewide, grade 9‐11 API of 752 by 157 points. The report also reflects the district met its goals for all groups of students.
LGSUHSD Board of Education President Cynthia Chang said trustees are very proud of the estimated 3,100-plus students’ achievement. "This reflects their hard work, the commitment of our teachers and staff, and the incredible support of our parent community," she said.
Chang thanked the broader Saratoga, Los Gatos and Monte Sereno communities for their support of a $49 parcel tax approved last year, which provides needed resources for the district's rigorous core academic programs.
LGSUHSD Superintendent Bob Mistele noted: “Our goal is to have our students graduate from our campuses as well‐rounded citizens prepared for college and a chosen career. One component of that is academic achievement."
He continued: "This new API information validates the efforts of our students, teachers, classified staff and parent community to promote this success.”
Editor's Note: Other schools located in Saratoga, but which are not included in the two school districts listed above, will be added shortly to this post. Saratoga Patch will update this story as soon as SUSD officials have a chance to respond to the report.