Edison Language Academy Honored by the State Department of Education


Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica has been recognized as a 2020 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education.

Edison Language Academy, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s dual immersion school, is one of 324 elementary schools receiving this honor in the state. Edison earned this same honor in 2018, and was awarded the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School award in 2016.

A component of the California School Recognition Program, the Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate.

Elementary schools and middle and high schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years. This year marks Edison’s 34th year as a dual immersion school, where all students learn to understand, speak, read, and write in both English and Spanish.

Edison is the first step in SMMUSD’s Language Academy and its students can continue studying in two languages at John Adams Middle School and Santa Monica High School. The school follows the same state curriculum frameworks and grade level content standards as all public elementary schools in California – with the addition of also learning a second language and learning about the cultures of the Americas.

Edison Principal Lori Orum has led the school for the past 14 years and is proud of the entire Edison staff who are dedicated and determined to provide every student with a pathway to success.

“What we have accomplished at Edison takes artful, skillful teaching and a focused and collaborative effort by all teachers and staff,” Lori said. “While we work really hard at academic growth in two languages and all subjects, we also provide an enriched arts program, build awareness of and respect for the cultures of the Americas, intentionally teach students to be bridge builders, focus on social and emotional development, and offer parents meaningful opportunities for involvement. We are so fortunate to have a school district that has provided resources and steady support for our program for more than 30 years!”


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