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 Pendleton and San Onofre Elementary Schools Named Leader in Me Lighthouse School of Academic Distinction

​Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School and San Onofre School have earned recognition as 2018 Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools of Academic Distinction. The schools, part of the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD), serves military-connected students in kindergarten through 8th grade on Camp Pendleton.  

"We are so pleased to receive this acknowledgement," said Brian Frost, the school's principal. "Mary Fay Pendleton's staff works very hard to design learning experiences that are standards based, meet the instructional needs of individual students, and design future forward lessons at the correct level of difficulty for whole group instruction. We get a lot of volunteer support from parents and community members. As a team, we model a culture that recognizes future opportunities are fostered in schools where students are seen as developing leaders. I thank all those who have contributed and continue to contribute to our students' successes at Mary Fay Pendleton." 

Lilly Perez, principal of San Onofre School, concurred. “It takes a village to raise and educate children and I am extremely proud of San Onofre School's students, staff and community for working together to build and maintain our academic success," she said.

All FUESD Schools embrace leadership skills and training based upon Dr. Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me.  Additionally, all FUESD school have also achieved Lighthouse Status, an indicator of the highest level of implementation of The Leader in Me and leadership raining. The new "Lighthouse School of Academic Distinction" was created to recognize Leader in Me Schools that have both met the rigorous requirements necessary to achieve and maintain Lighthouse School Certification and shown exemplary academic growth or proficiency as measured by state accountability standards. Academic distinction is determined through the data analysis of an independent nonprofit — Schooldigger.com — focused on empowering families with reliable data about the performance of their children’s school. The Schooldigger.com algorithm scores on a percentile ranking, comparing like schools across the state. The percentile ranking for Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School was 94.7 percent, showing exemplary academic proficiency.