John Marshall Elementary School was one of 287 elementaries nationwide named "exemplary schools" by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday.
The crowded south Glendale school, where 40% of the students speak a primary language other than English, received the award based on student test scores, educational programs, leadership, climate and community relations.
In September, representatives from winning schools will be honored in a White House ceremony. Four other Los Angeles County schools also will receive the award.
The non-monetary awards, given to elementary and secondary schools in alternate years, were initiated in 1982 as a way to motivate educators, Department of Education spokeswoman Bertha Nelson said.