Las Lomas High test scores go up again

The holidays are always times to reflect and be grateful for what we have. Not only were we spared from many natural disasters that we only watched on the news, but my family and I are very thankful to be living in Walnut Creek and enjoying the quality of a community that is many people's dream.

Despite the fact that Walnut Creek has many transportation and shopping conveniences, the most important thing to make this community special is its emphasis and focus on a good education for our younger generations. What I have witnessed in the last 11 years of my son's education, I saw that everyone in the school system -- from teachers, staff, principals to librarians, custodians and parents -- all want the students to succeed.

I was amazed again by Las Lomas High School's API score, which went up by another six points to 874 from last year's 868. Kudos to all of the hard working students who helped set yet another record.

Las Lomas High School has four times as many socioeconomically disadvantaged and English-learners students as the other high schools within the same school district. The score, though derived from measurable means, actually has a bigger meaning. It is a number that tells students that they collectively did it, and they can do it again if they work hard, together. And they will.

Ellen Osmundson

Walnut Creek