WHITTIER – Six Whittier-area schools are being hailed by the state for showing significant improvement in the numbers of students meeting academic standards during annual state testing, despite having higher numbers of disadvantaged students on their campuses. This year’s local recipients of the state’s Title I Academic Achievement Awards are Phelan Elementary in West Whittier; Santa Fe High in Santa Fe Springs; Birney Elementary, North Ranchito Elementary and Montebello Gardens Elementary in Pico Rivera; and Potrero Heights Elementary in South San Gabriel. These schools are slated to receive their awards at a reception and banquet in Costa Mesa next month. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!