The California School Boards Association recently awarded the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program (TVROP) a top educational honor in recognition of the success of Middle College High School at Las Positas College.
This year marked the 39th for the Golden Bell Awards, which singles out "outstanding public school programs for innovation, sustainability and best practices that facilitate positive student outcomes," TVROP Superintendent Julie Duncan, said in a statement. TVROP, one of 51 award winners statewide, will officially receive the award at a ceremony next week.
"I want to thank Las Positas College and our member districts' trustees and staff at Dublin, Livermore Valley Joint and Pleasanton unified school districts for having the faith and courage to take on a program that is truly an original," Duncan said. "This program is the definition of collaboration and regional partnerships that is hard to find anywhere in the state."
A collaborative program operated by the three school districts, TVROP offers under-represented, college-bound students an alternative to traditional schooling pathways.
One of their offerings is Middle College, a high school situated at Livermore's Las Positas College that was founded in 2015 as a way to allow students to take advantage of collegiate resources while simultaneously completing a high school diploma.
Students at Middle College can earn up to 44 college units, while receiving guidance from designated college counselors, staff members and through AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a well-known academic support class also offered at other PUSD campuses.
Admission is limited to students within the participating districts who have completed the 10th grade, and each year's cohort is capped at 35 students.
To determine this year's award winners, a 17-member panel of experts from school districts and county educational offices across the state judged programs based on written entries to make initial recommendations, which were then assessed by on-site validators.
"The evaluator to Middle College remarked that the program was everything that was presented in the application and more and commended the wonderful partnership of the five premier educational organizations," Duncan said, referring to the three school districts, TVROP and Las Positas.
The award will be presented to Middle College at CSBA's annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco next Thursday.
"The Golden Bell recipients exemplify the spirit of innovation and excellence for which all of
California's public schools strive," said Vernon M. Billy, CEO and executive director of CSBA. "The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of outstanding education offerings in our state, and demonstrate the tenacity, vision and dedication of school leaders across California."