April 2, 2012 Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School, a public charter school serving a traditionally underserved community of Latino and African-American students, celebrated its recognition this week as a National Blue Ribbon School. State Senator Kevin de León and LAUSD Board President Mónica García joined Alliance College-Ready Public Schools Executive Director Judy Burton and Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School for the ceremony.
The National Blue Ribbon Award is presented by the U.S. Department of Education and recognizes schools across the nation that have demonstrated continued growth in student achievement based upon various criteria. This year, Alliance Gertz-Ressler is one of only two high schools in California and the only school in LAUSD to receive the prestigious award. A total of 93% of students at the school are eligible for free and reduced lunch.
"I congratulate Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School for being a recipient of The National Blue Ribbon award. It's an honor to have such a high-achieving school in my district which serves the community and prepares students for college," said State Senator Kevin de León.
"The National Blue Ribbon Award is a reflection of the diligent and dedicated students and staff at Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School. I am extremely proud of them and of this honor," said James Waller, Alliance Gertz-Ressler Principal. Alliance College-Ready Public Schools President and CEO Judy Ivie Burton echoed his comments, "I am so proud of the students and staff of Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School for achieving this tremendous honor. All children can learn and achieve at high levels given the opportunity to do so, and Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School is proof."
Founded in 2004, with the simple conviction that every student can graduate from high school and succeed in college, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools has grown to 20 public charter middle and high schools serving more than 8,500 students from Los Angeles' poorest communities with historically underperforming schools. This past year, four Alliance schools ranked in the top 10% of all LAUSD high schools and 95% of Alliance students have gone on to college.