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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.

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.

Character Education gives School Curriculum Meaning

Mockingbird Elementary, Coppell, T.X.
 

Mockingbird Elementary is located in an affluent community near the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Because of the district’s proximity to the airport and its excellent academic reputation, a number of families relocate to Coppell, T.X., and specifically Mockingbird (MKB). Mockingbird works hard to welcome all families and embrace its changing demographics. School leaders became aware of the gap between the “trait of the month” and what was actually happening during unstructured times and began to target specific issues. The staff realized that character must be embedded in the curriculum to have meaning. MKB has implemented several initiatives since 2004.
 

School Prepares Students to be Good Leaders and Future Citizens

Russell Middle School, Colorado Springs, C.O.
 

The community of Russell Middle School sought to be the change they desired to achieve; to “live out loud” by a set of principles worthy to be carried forward to the next generation. They wanted to know that their students were prepared, not only to be good citizens in the future, but also to grow into leaders today. Since its beginning, the integration of the character education program has been an integral component of the universal school improvement process.
 

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