Tagged “National Forum To Accelerate Middle Grades Reform”

Individual Attention Pays Off for Group Advancement

Redlands Middle School, Grand Junction, Colo.

Redlands Middle School— named a Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform—has proven to be a model of academic and developmental excellence for all middle schools. Located in Grand Junction, Colorado, Redlands is one of two Colorado schools that have been newly added to this impressive record. Diane Lauer, state coordinator of the Colorado Schools to Watch program cited focus on individual needs and growth as a major strength of this school, and one that is crucial in order to provide students with a quality educational experience.

Magnet School Supports and Challenges Its Students for Maximum Development

Corwin International Magnet School, Pueblo, Colo.

Corwin International Magnet School has been designated as a Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The Pueblo, Colorado school became a magnet school in 2008. Corwin’s recognition was focused in large part on its learning environment that engages and challenges its students and staff. The Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch award recognizes schools that are not only academically excellent, but also work to incorporate student needs and interests, as well as engage in ongoing assessments to keep improving the school in all areas.

Enthusiastic Students Reach for New Opportunities

Tejeda Middle School, San Antonio, Texas

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has added Tejeda Middle School to its list of Texas Schools to Watch. Located in San Antonio, Texas, Tejeda provides a range of creative opportunities for its students, including a symphonic band and a glee club. Cecil Floyd, executive director of Texas Schools to Watch, commended Tejeda students for their commitment to excellence and their enthusiasm for their school and learning. Tejeda joins three other Texas schools to be given the award for 2013.

Creative Outlets Help Shape Active Minds

Lopez Middle School, San Antonio, Texas

Lopez Middle School joins top schools across the state and the nation as it receives the designation of a Texas School to Watch from whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The San Antonio, Texas, school is notable for its extensive, creative outlets for students, including a student choir and other fine arts groups. Principal Barry Lanford cites student engagement—a standard at Lopez—as key to the school’s success and ongoing achievements.

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.

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