Congratulations Stanley Middle School!

March 1, 2024

Dear Lafayette Families, Staff, and Partners,

I have very exciting news!

We learned yesterday that Stanley Middle School has been selected as a California Distinguished School! This is a wonderful recognition of the high-quality learning experience that Stanley offers our young people, and a testament to the dedication and skill of our Stanley team.

To all our Stanley teachers and counselors, classified staff, administrators, parent leaders, volunteers, and supporters - congratulations! We’re all so proud of you!

This is also a great chance to acknowledge the huge difference that families’ donations to LPIE make at Stanley. Without these donations, many of the electives, support staff, materials, and opportunities at Stanley simply couldn't exist. If you have donated to LPIE, thank you - you contributed to  this shared accomplishment in a very real way.

What a great moment for Stanley and our entire community. Go Wildcats!


Brent Stephens


More about the California Distinguished School Award

The California Distinguished School award is based on many factors. The California Department of Education conducts a rigorous analysis of schools’ outcomes, which the Department describes like this:

“Schools were selected by analyzing data reported through the 2023 Dashboard, with a focus on demonstrating excellence and growth in academic achievement and ensuring a positive school climate.

Schools are recognized for exceptional student performance based on achieving exemplary performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, reducing suspensions, and demonstrating high graduation rates (high schools only).

Schools recognized for closing the achievement gap enroll at least 40 percent of their students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds and, in addition to demonstrating exemplary overall performance in ELA and math, achieve accelerated academic growth for one or more historically underserved student groups.”