Achievements and AwardsCalifornia Area School District prides itself on the quality of education given to each student and hopes that the information learned in the time spent at California will leave a lasting impression. While no test can accurately assess a district's performance, several organizations have used a compilation of test data and other key data points to compare this district to others in the area and around the nation.In May 2009, the Pittsburgh Business Times' Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools cited California Area School District as having the "Biggest Improvement" compared to local schools, jumping 19 spots on the list. Read more in the PBT article here.Later that year, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recognized California as a bronze medal winner in its assessment of the 2010 America's Best High Schools. To read the more about the U.S. News and World Report report, click here.
Representatives from the California School District recently met with a group of leaders from California University of PA’s College of Education and Human Services to begin a professional development school project. The professional development school relationship establishes a close partnership between the School District and University that benefits all stakeholders.
Discussions centered on creating a highly structured early childhood through undergraduate/graduate school learning environment. Two meetings have been conducted where strategic planning began to implement the newly expanded program. In general, there is a sharing of the two environments and personnel for the benefit of the students, staff, faculty, and administration in each setting.
There are plans to share the expertise from each location, provide state-of-the-art teaching methods, determine effectiveness of all components of the environment, and celebrate the successes as they occur. California School District Superintendent Linda Mancini and Dr. Kevin Koury, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, are leading the effort that is grounded in best practices and research findings about effective teaching and learning at all levels of education. This is being considered as a win-win project for both.