El Camino School Making the Grade

Today’s Noozhawk features a terrific article about great things happening at GUSD’s
El Camino School. Here’s an excerpt, followed by a link to the full article by Noozhawk reporter, Giana Magnoli:


El Camino School’s No Excuses University program instilling a new culture of expectation, accountability and success.

Over the last few years, El Camino School in Goleta has strived to make itself a “turnaround school.” With a majority of its mostly Latino students living in poverty, future opportunities may seem remote if not downright unattainable.

That appears to be changing, thanks in part to a No Excuses University program that has instilled the belief that every student can learn and it’s the school’s job to make it happen. The results are becoming more apparent every day.

The Goleta Union School District campus at 5020 San Simeon Drive is the only
Title I school on the South Coast to meet every state and federal academic standard, putting it on track to get out of Program Improvement accountability requirements next year.

To avoid Program Improvement status, federal Adequate Yearly Progress targets require schools to have 90 percent of their students considered “proficient.” Since No Child Left Behind Act oversight was implemented in 2001, only two Santa Barbara County schools have been able to accomplish the feat.

If El Camino meets all 17 targets again next year, it will become the third.

Principal Liz Barnitz credits the school’s emphasis on motivating students and getting them to believe they can learn, no matter what.

Read the full Noozhawk article here.