GLENDALE : Rosemont School Is Nominated for Honor

Rosemont Middle School is one of just 103 schools statewide to be been nominated as a California “Distinguished School.”

If the school wins the title, it will be the third time that Rosemont has held the state’s highest educational distinction.

Rosemont was invited to apply for the title because its students scored at or above statewide results on California Learning Assessment System tests, said Vic Pallos, district spokesman. More than 1,095 seventh- and eighth-graders--primarily from La Crescenta, La Canada and Montrose--attend the school.

“You can count the number of schools on one hand who have been nominated by the state for this award three times,” Pallos said. The school’s test results, taken from exams given to eighth-graders for the first time in 1993, included 75% of Rosemont’s students scoring on the fourth and fifth level in reading skills. A six is the highest score given.


Rosemont was recognized as a distinguished school in 1986 and 1990. The school also received the national “Blue Ribbon” award in 1985 and 1992.

Rosemont Principal Dr. Lois Neil attributed her school’s success to the high degree of parent involvement in Rosemont students’ lives. The school--one of nearly 1,400 middle schools in the state--also has a variety of programs designed to boost teens’ self esteem, keeping them interested in school, Neil said. The school allows working parents to volunteer on campus and to attend after-school events--promoting a feeling of community at Rosemont, said Gloria Appelin, president of the Rosemont Middle School PTA.

Two representatives from the California State Department of Education are scheduled to visit classes and talk to students, teachers and PTA members at Rosemont on Friday.