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State Superintendent recognizes 20 SD schools



Twenty elementary schools in San Diego County have been recognized as distinguished schools in California. State Superintendent Jack O'Connell released his annual list of top-notch public schools today. One school that made the list is KIPP-Adelante Academy in downtown San Diego. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis explains why:

KIPP-Adelante principal Kelly Wright calls her students the hardest working middle school students in San Diego. That's because their day begins at 7:30 in the morning, and ends at five in the afternoon. Wright says her students are able to learn more in and outside of the classroom.

Wright: "For example science everyday, history everyday. If we want to go on a field trip we can go because we have the longer day, we have the time to do that. And so our students are frequently off-campus."

So far the 7th grade class has visited 11 California colleges since school began. The long school days also help students to catch-up academically. Sixty percent of students at KIPP-Adelante are English learners.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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