Two Newport-Mesa Unified schools scored a pair of "10" rankings each based on the state's Academic Performance Index, and they were the only schools in the district to do so.
Mariners Elementary School in Newport Beach and Early College High School in Costa Mesa were notified last week of their outstanding state rankings and measurements on the index, or API. It is a yardstick used to measure how well students in California are learning subject matter in the state's standardized curriculum. The API is calculated according to how students at specific schools performed in state testing done last spring.
"I have absolutely fantastic teachers. I cannot even tell you how good my teachers are," said Pam Coughlin, principal of Mariners in Newport Beach. "I also have super parents and support. I probably have about 40 parents helping me right now in the classroom. We work really well together. We pitch in and help, and no matter what needs to get done, we get it done."