The State Attendance Review Board recognized the Montebello Unified School District late last month as “a model of attendance improvement and dropout prevention,” the school district announced.
MUSD was one of just 11 programs across California to receive the designation.
According to the District, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson commended MUSD and the other model school districts for their tremendous work in reducing chronic absenteeism, thereby decreasing chances that a student will drop out of school.
“I’m proud of our District for putting in the hard work to keep our students engaged in our classrooms,” MUSD Board of Education President Hector Chacon said in the announcement.
“We’re truly making a difference in the lives of our community and this is just one more example of how we’re doing it.”
The state review board also recognized MUSD a model program in 2010 and 2012.
The District cites its dedication to creating safe learning environments and engaging curriculum as the reason for the rise in attendance in recent years.
In 2011-12, Montebello Unified had an overall 95.85 percent attendance rate, with Macy Intermediate School having the highest percentage of students attending classes daily at 97.08 percent.