Compton’s McKinley Elementary School was selected among 13 schools statewide to receive California Exemplary Arts Education Awards, as announced this week by the state Department of Education

Another five schools in Los Angeles and Orange counties will also receive the award, among them Joaquin Miller, William McKinley, Providencia and George Washington in the Burbank Unified School District. In Orange County, Arbolita Elementary of the La Habra City School District was also honored.

“We know that access to arts and STEAM is an important part of closing the achievement gap, and these Exemplary Arts schools put the ‘A’ in ‘STEAM,”’ said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “Congratulations to these 13 schools for supporting arts and STEAM education, which prepares students to be leaders in the creative economy.”

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

The 13 winning schools will be honored along with California Distinguished Schools, National Blue Ribbon Schools, National Bell Awardees and National ESEA Distinguished Schools, on Feb. 10 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.