Victoria Elementary School was one of two Newport-Mesa Unified schools to win a Title I Academic Achievement Award this week — and the prize, which goes to schools with many low-income students, was the latest addition to Victoria's increasingly crowded trophy case.
"It's been a great year for everybody," Principal Judy Laakso said. Last spring, the school became the first in Newport-Mesa history to win a California Distinguished School Award and a Title I award at the same time. Victoria is nominated this year as a federal Blue Ribbon School, and Laakso recently won the county's Outstanding Contributions to Education Award. When the state ranked schools last week in comparison to others with similar demographics, Victoria was one of five in Newport-Mesa to score a perfect 10.
Victoria joined College Park Elementary School this year in receiving the Title I award, which went to 461 schools statewide. College Park also scored a 10 on the Similar Schools Rank and led all campuses in the district last year by gaining 93 points on the Academic Performance Index, a state system of measuring schools' growth on standardized test scores.