Schools to Watch Taking Center Stage
STW State Director
California League of Middle Schools
6621 East Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 210
Long Beach, CA 90803
Phone: (562) 430-3136 or (800) 326-1880
Fax: (562) 430-5607
Joined State Program in 2002
California currently has 36 Schools to Watch
California League of Middle Schools
California Department of Education
California Schools to Watch—Taking Center Stage Model School Program
California Teachers Association
Association of California School Administrators and its Middle Grades Council
California School Boards Association
California County Superintendents Education Services Association
and its Secondary Subcommittee of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee
California Middle Grades Partnership Network
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP)
California Middle Grades Alliance
California is proud to announce the schools selected as
2013 New & Redesignated Schools to Watch:
2013 New CA STW:
Fairmont Elementary K-8, Sanger Unified School District, Sanger
Quail Lake Environmental Charter K-8, Sanger Unified School District, Sanger
Sanger Academy Charter K-8, Sanger Unified School District, Sanger
The three schools are small, rural K-8 schools that have specific programs for middle grades students and have significantly closed the achievement gap. They act as one professional learning community frequently collaborating on better instructional strategies. (In 2011, Sanger Unified’s Washington Academic Middle School was designated a STW−TCS.)
Los Angeles County
Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, Paramount Unified School District, Paramount
This is an urban school whose Academic Performance Index (API) scores (on a scale ranging from 200 to 1000, with 800 established as the statewide target) in nearly every student group have risen from the 600’s in 2006-07 to the 800’s in 2011-12. Students who are English learners scored at 789, but made a significant 27-point growth last year. The staff has focused on poverty issues facing their students as part of their concern for the whole child.
Pioneer Middle School, Tustin Unified School District, Tustin
has seen significant and sustained improvement over the past five years in student achievement, meeting all significant subgroup targets on state standardized tests. The school developed a successful program, Pyramid on Interventions<http://www.tustin.k12.ca.us/domain/454>, to assist all students in becoming proficient, as well as having been recognized as a national professional learning community model.
Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Laguna Beach is a suburban school and has made all its growth targets every year on state standardized tests by supporting all students in using “Best First Practices” and “Response to Intervention” strategies.
San Bernardino County
Summit Intermediate School, Etiwanda School District, Etiwanda
This is a suburban school that has made significant increases on state standardized tests over the past five years. Nearly every numerically significant student group is at or above the 800 statewide target. These diverse learners have had increased learning opportunities with “X-Time,” a period where teachers provide additional support.
Vanguard Preparatory K-8, Apple Valley Unified School District, Apple Valley
This is a rural school with more than 1,000 students that is consistently closing the achievement gap. With a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the school offers family STEM nights to explore these areas.
Santa Clara County
Union Middle School, Union Elementary School District, San Jose
This is a suburban school whose API score is a noteworthy 932 points and is ranked in the top 10 percent of state middle schools. Part of the school’s success is due to the school’s collaborative approach, “Intervention on a Page,” that provides all the necessary information for student support.
Santa Cruz County
San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, Felton) This a rural school with a smaller population of about 500 students. The school has gained 46 points on the API since 2007, while the socioeconomically disadvantaged student population has gained 82 points. During the third week of the year, academic counseling and intervention is started so that no child is allowed to fall behind academically.
Scotts Valley Middle School, Scotts Valley Unified School District, Scotts Valley This a suburban school with a growing diverse population and whose state’s standardized test scores show a closing of the achievement gap. The support strategy is using the “Enrichment” period where many services are offered to meet individual needs.
Sinaloa Middle School, Simi Valley Unified School District, Simi Valley
This a suburban school that is closing the achievement gap with all of its student groups. The API scores for students with disabilities have increased 96 points on state standardized tests since 2007. The school has a plethora of strategies that the faculty has developed through collaboration to engage its students.
Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley Unified School District, Castro Valley, Alameda County; a STW‒TCS school for six years
Edna Hill Middle School, Brentwood Union School District, Brentwood, Contra Costa County; a STW‒TCS school for six years
Frank M. Wright Middle School, Imperial Unified School District, Imperial, Imperial County; a STW‒TCS school for six years
Granger Junior High, Sweetwater Union High School District, National City, San Diego County; a STW‒TCS school for three years
John Glenn Middle School, Desert Sands Unified School District, Indio, Riverside County; a STW‒TCS school for nine years
Medea Creek Middle School (Oak Park Unified School District, Oak Park, Los Angeles County); a STW‒TCS schools for nine years
Mistletoe School, Enterprise Elementary School District, Redding, Shasta County; a STW‒TCS school for three years
Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Northridge, Los Angeles County; a STW‒TCS school for six years
Reyburn Intermediate, Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, Fresno County; a STW‒TCS school for three years