Mountain View Middle School is celebrating a big achievement. They are now a California Distinguished School, a program which recognizes some of the best schools in California based on test scores, academic improvement and several other factors.
Mountain View Middle School Principal Shannon Angstadt said achieving the recognition was not easy.
It came with a lot of work and dedication from not only staff, but students and parents. She said she also attributes the prestigious title to a couple of improvements the school has made.
According to Angstadt, Mountain View Middle School started focusing more on writing and technology.
All classes, even physical education classes, require some sort of writing in them.
The school also decided to offer a technology class that students can take as an elective. And now, Mountain View Middle School has iPads in the classroom – something that Angstadt says has caught the attention of many students.
"It gives the students a different way to learn and to research,” said Angstadt. “It's more active learning, they can look information up and they can use word processing both on iPads and the computers, so it just gives them another way to help them in education.”