HIGHLAND PARK — It was only a few years ago when L.A. Unified launched a top-to-bottom shake up of Luther Burbank Middle School amid eroding academic performance and complaints from students, parents and staff. Since then, the school’s test scores have jumped and a new gymnasium and other facilities have opened on the Figueroa Street campus. The school’s upswing has caught the attention of education groups, which have held up Luther Burbank as a role model for high-performing middle schools.
Last month, the school held a ceremony to celebrate being included in the California Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program, which has recognized only 66 model schools since 2003, according to Luther Burbank officials. Said Principal Christine Moore in a statement:
“We are thrilled to have received this recognition. Our staff and students have worked very hard in an exciting and challenging middle school program to demonstrate strong student achievement. This ceremony is an affirmation of the fine work so many have done in the school, district, and larger community.”