“When you have a school like Stevenson Ranch, where you have huge parent involvement and parent-education levels go beyond college, those kids do well. You have a much bigger challenge when you have parents that are working a couple of jobs, who may not have gotten through high school and don’t know how to model for their children.” Winger added that for a school like McGrath, it is all about involved teachers and staffers who are willing to go the extra mile for students. At McGrath, after-school programs have helped inch the school’s API scores upward, as do weekly assessments of children’s progress, Winger added that he deals with his diverse district by looking at every school through a growth model. “Everybody has to move forward; it doesn’t matter who you are.” [email protected] (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – In the Newhall Elementary School District, Santa Clarita’s most ethnically diverse, the achievement gap is quite visible. While the district had an above-average API of 866, at Stevenson Ranch Elementary, with a predominantly white and Asian student body, scores peaked at 936, placing the school in the top 10 percent of elementary schools in the state. At McGrath Elementary, where the academic calendar is adjusted to include up to six extra weeks for kids who face problems in the classrooms, the API score was 759 – a big improvement from last year’s score of 745 but still below the Newhall district average. Marc Winger, Newhall district superintendent, said the achievement gap is not an ethnicity issue, but one of wealth.