Press | Two Bay Area New Leader Schools Win Awards from the California State Department of Education

Oakland, CA — Two New Leader schools in the Bay Area were awarded top honors for academic achievement by the California Department of Education.

Lincoln Elementary (led by John Melvin, Cohort 7) won a Title I Academic Achievement Award.  At the end of his first year as principal, Lincoln’s API Score rose 27 points from 908 to 933. Since then, it has increased an additional 28 points to 961. In 2009-2010, Lincoln was the only National Blue-Ribbon School in Alameda County—and one of only 21 in the state. John successfully took Lincoln from good to great!
ACORN Woodland Elementary (led by Leroy Gaines, Cohort 9) was named as a Distinguished Elementary School.  New Leader Kimi Kean led ACORN Woodland Elementary School for five years, overseeing a 146 point gain in API (Academic Performance Index). Now, New Leader Leroy Gaines has increased the API score by 36 points in his first year as ACORN’s principal. ACORN was the highest gaining school Oakland in reading in 2011.