NEWPORT BEACH — Andersen Elementary School's cheer rang true Friday morning.
"Red, white and blue. It's learning that we do. Red, white and blue. Hooray, hooray for you!" sang students wearing patriotic-colored clothing and beaded necklaces.
The teachers also joined in, some with sparkly red and blue star antennae headbands and clutching blue and white pompoms.
Parents, students and teachers gathered on the blacktop for the new school year's first flag deck — a kind of informal assembly before school — to celebrate the school's 16-point gain on the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API), which boosted the Newport Beach elementary school at 1900 Seabourne Way to the highest-scoring school in the school district.
"We're just very excited," Principal Laura Vlasic said. "I am so proud of the students, staff and the parents. It really takes a team approach. Everybody collectively came together — and our focus is on learning — and it really showed."