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Grimmer Named 2015 California Honor Roll School


The Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) recognized the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) as one of 13 public school districts in California to receive the title of 2015 Honor Roll School District. In addition, twenty FUSD schools were among the 1,714 public schools in California to be named 2015 Honor Roll schools.


The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. School districts and schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.  For school districts with high schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.



The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award and “Scholar Schools” Award. Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. FUSD schools receiving the Star School Award are:

Azevada Elementary, Brier Elementary, Durham Elementary, Glenmoor Elementary, Grimmer Elementary, Vallejo Mill Elementary & Centerville Junior High School

Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population. FUSD schools receiving the Scholar School Award are:

Ardenwood Elementary, Chadbourne Elementary, Forest Park Elementary, Gomes Elementary, Leitch Elementary, Mission San Jose Elementary, Mission Valley Elementary, Parkmont Elementary, Warm Springs Elementary, Weibel Elementary, Hopkins Junior High School, Mission San Jose High School & Circle of Independent Learning (C.O.I.L.)

The business community is also recognizing a subset of the Honor Roll that has both high-percentages of low-income students and high levels of math and science achievement.  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honor Roll schools will receive special recognition of their accomplishments.  FUSD’s Durham Elementary received the added distinction of STEM Honor Roll School.

“We are proud to have our District and schools recognized by education and business leaders in California with the Honor Roll designation,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Jim Morris. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement, while continuously striving to improve our practices. This hard work is paying off for all of our students, no matter their background or circumstances.”

“We as adults have the opportunity to remove obstacles and boost momentum along the pathway from presechool to career,” added Lee Blitch, ERP Board Chairman and President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “When we close achievement gaps, we set our children on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy. These Honor Roll schools are setting their students on the path to a college degree and the financial security of a living wage job.”

“The American education system has a secret,” said Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO.  “Many schools are doing well. The Honor Roll proves it. Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given the opportunity. All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success. Leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for all students.”


The annual Honor Roll award is made possible by support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, AAA, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and several private foundations.  Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll. A full list of the Honor Roll schools, districts, and the STEM awardees can be found at