Tagged “Middle Grades”

When Excellence is an Everyday Commitment, Success Follows

Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta, Georgia

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has selected Holcomb Bridge Middle School as one of its 2013 Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch. Holcomb Bridge was previously named a 2012 Beacon School, indicating that progress towards becoming a Lighthouse School was underway. Principal Joy Schroerlucke cites the Alpharetta, Georgia school’s commitment to excellence for every student and emphasis on collaboration as formative factors in the school’s awards record. Holcomb Bridge is also notable for its sensitivity to the needs of individual students and its positive learning environment.

An Early Intervention Support System Yields Success

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, Felton, Calif.

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School—located in Felton, California—has just been named a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. This rural school has made great strides in recent years on California’s Academic Performance Index (API). Much of the school’s success can be attributed to its thorough and effective academic counseling programs, which ensure that every child is supported and can receive help if needed.

A Supportive Community Produces Outstanding Learners

Union Middle School, San Jose, Calif.

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has named Union Middle School as one of its 2013 California Schools to Watch. This suburban school—located in San Jose, California—is most noteworthy for being ranked in the top 10 percent of state middle schools, due in part to its success in collaborative education efforts that provide student support. The commitment to excellence is also reflected in Union’s Academic Performance Index (API) score, which is nearly perfect by California state standards.

Bringing STEM Home to Forge Community Bonds

Vanguard Preparatory School, Apple Valley, Calif.

Recently named a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, Vanguard Preparatory School is facing the achievement gap head on. Located in Apple Valley, a rural town in California, Vanguard’s focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects has made it a standout in the area. Vanguard runs family STEM nights to further strengthen the connection between the classroom setting and the family support network.

Diverse Learning Community Uses Education Innovations to Aid Achievement

Summit Intermediate School, Etiwanda, Calif.

Summit Intermediate School, located in Etiwanda, California, joins the prestigious list of California Schools to Watch after commendation by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Summit pursues unique and innovative educational practices like “X-Time,” an extra support period for students, as part of its mission to provide for its diverse student community. These efforts are clearly paying off, as Summit’s standardized testing score averages have increased considerably in the past five years.

Support Leads to Growth and Success

Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach, Calif.

Located in Laguna Beach, California, Thurston Middle School was recently named a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The school has consistently set and achieved growth targets for standardized tests through a supportive environment for every student. Drawing from multiple strategies, such as best first practices and response to intervention, Thurston Middle School has met and exceeded expectations–even its own.

Customizing Programs to Meet Student Needs

Pioneer Middle School, Tustin, Calif.

Tustin, California, is home to Pioneer Middle School, a recently named California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The school has successfully developed and implemented a program known as Pyramid on Interventions, which has received national recognition for its applications in improving student proficiency. Pioneer Middle School has also seen major growth and improvement in student achievement on standardized tests, particularly in the last five years.

With Performance on the Rise, Urban School Seeks to Close the Achievement Gap

Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, Paramount, Calif.

Frank J. Zamboni Middle School—located in Paramount, California—has the distinction of being the only urban school to be designated as a 2013 California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. In just five years, the school’s Academic Performance Index (API) scores have risen from a low average to at or above the state target level in nearly every demographic group. Concern for the school’s large disadvantaged population has sparked a renewed focus on overcoming the socioeconomic issues facing many Zamboni students.

Sharing Ideas for Higher Achievement

Sanger Academy Charter School, Sanger, Calif.

As one in a trio of Sanger, California schools to be designated a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, Sanger Academy Charter School proves the efficacy of a commitment to quality education. Collaboration between Sanger Academy and its two sister schools—also designated as California Schools to Watch—can be seen on all levels, from middle school sports tournaments to monthly meetings between the three principals to share ideas and techniques.

Rural Schools Team Up for Success

Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Sanger, Calif.

As one of whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform’s California Schools to Watch, Quail Lake Environmental Charter School joins a commendable group of educational innovators. Located in Sanger, California, Quail Lake faces many of the same challenges commonly seen across small, rural schools. But with professional development and a collaborative strategy for instruction, Quail Lake and similar institutions in the area have come together and made significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

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