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Nation's Most Innovative Math and Science Schools Awarded with More than $1 Million


  • Schools with exceptional math and science programs were recognized in Washington, D.C. at the Intel Schools of Distinction Awards.
  • Valley Christian Junior High from San Jose, Calif. won the top award of $125,000.
  • Other schools from California, Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota and Oregon were recognized.



WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 20, 2011 –Valley Christian Junior High in San Jose, Calif. took top honors tonight in the Intel Schools of Distinction contest. Intel's Schools of Distinction awards program honors K-12 schools that have some of the most successful educational programs in the country. Schools recognized for this award have demonstrated excellence in math and science education and their ability to promote students' problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills, areas called 21st century skills by educators.


Other schools winning big included Byron Senior High (Byron, Minn.), Crellin Elementary School (Oakland, Md.), Farmington View Elementary (Hillsboro, Ore.), Lynbrook High School (San Jose, Calif.) and Preston Middle School (Fort Collins, Colo.).


"By honoring the Intel Schools of Distinction winners, Intel hopes to inspire other schools to reinvigorate their own programs and prepare America's youth for success in the global economy," said Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel's Corporate Affairs Group. "We encourage schools with outstanding math and science programs to apply for next year's award."


The Intel Foundation and sponsoring companies distribute a total of $1 million in cash grants and awards to the winning schools. In recognition and in support of their efforts, each winning school won an estimated $100,000 in a combination of cash grants from the Intel Foundation and an award package that includes curriculum materials, professional development resources, hardware and software from sponsors including BrainHoney, BrainWare Safari, Dell,I-CAN, KDS, LanSchool, SAS, SMART and Pearson.


Valley Christian Junior High took home the Star Innovator Award, which brings an additional $15,000 from the Intel Foundation and other prizes for a total of $125,000 in cash and prizes. This large, independent school serves a diverse, urban population and employs a variety of methods to teach mathematics, including directed teaching, hands-on activities, collaborative work and discovery exploration. Over the past 4 years, Valley Christian students have consistently scored in the nation's top 17 percent in mathematics on the Stanford Achievement Test Series.


Of particular interest, Valley Christian uses "inverted learning," in which students watch prerecorded webcasts of lessons as homework, reserving class time for practice. The effects include increased student engagement, increased retention and the utilization of multiple forms of personalized learning through individual work, pair share, group work, and one-on-one student-teacher interactions.


The winners were selected from a pool of 18 schools that were recognized as finalists from 156 applications from 38 states. Finalists were:


TopicSchool LevelSchool NameCityState
MathematicsElementary SchoolCrellin ElementaryOaklandMaryland
Hollin Meadows ElementaryAlexandriaVirginia
Wauwatosa STEMWauwatosaWisconsin
Middle SchoolConyers Middle School Millikan (Robert A.)ConyersGeorgia
Valley Christian Junior High SchoolSan JoseCalifornia
Millikan Middle SchoolSherman OaksCalifornia
High SchoolAndover High SchoolAndoverMassachusetts
Byron Senior HighByronMinnesota
Leadership Public SchoolsHaywardCalifornia
ScienceElementary SchoolFarmington View Elementary SchoolHillsboroOregon
Walton Elementary SchoolWaltonKansas
Zachary Elementary SchoolZacharyLouisiana
Middle SchoolNew Bridge Middle SchoolJacksonvilleNorth Carolina
Preston Middle SchoolFort CollinsColorado
Sandy Run Middle SchoolDresherPennsylvania
High SchoolBrooklyn Technical High SchoolBrooklynNew York
California Academy of Mathematics & ScienceCarsonCalifornia
Lynbrook High SchoolSan JoseCalifornia


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