Tagged “Whole Child Partners”

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.

Texas School Joins Impressive Group of Academic Innovators

Deerpark Middle School, Austin, Texas

National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, a whole child partner, has designated Deerpark Middle School in Austin, Texas as a Texas School to Watch. This designation comes as a result of a lengthy evaluation process, during which time 37 indicators in three categories, namely academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity are considered. There are also requirements for an organizational structure that will support and enhance the school’s future performance. Deerpark joins 20 other Texas middle schools with this award.

Setting Real Goals Makes Success a Standard

Ecker Hill Middle School, Park City Utah

Ecker Hill Middle School—located in Park City, Utah—joins an elite group in being designated as a Utah School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. After Ecker Hill implemented a schedule that allows students time to catch up on their work, the school has seen important improvements in student performance. Principal Traci Evans spearheaded these efforts, citing planning time as a crucial factor for successful student development and support programs. The school also views parents as integral players in academic success and employs an open door policy to strengthen those ties.

Collaboration Leads to Engagement

Sinaloa Middle School, Novato, Calif.

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform recently added Sinaloa Middle School to its list of California Schools to Watch. Sinaloa, located in Novato, California, is constantly working on new ways to improve the student experience and close the achievement gap. This is most notable in Academic Performance Index (API) scores for students with disabilities, which have increased by nearly 100 points since 2007. Aside from numerical success, faculty collaboration has yielded a series of strategies and initiatives designed to promote student engagement with the school and learning as a whole.

With Time for Support, High Performance Is Ensured

Scotts Valley Middle School, Scotts Valley, Calif.

National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, a whole child partner, has named Scotts Valley Middle School a California School to Watch. As a top-performing school on California’s Academic Performance Index (API), Scotts Valley’s efforts to close the achievement gap are seeing considerable success. The school, located in Scotts Valley, California, is divided into seven academies that help students focus on achieving high standards in English, math, history, and science. With an increasingly diverse student body, Scotts Valley staff members ensure that individual needs are being met through an enrichment period during the school day.
 

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.

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