California Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage

This website is your guide to the Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage program and a resource for middle level reform. Through this gateway you can:

Considering Applying for 2018?
If you believe your school is a model for others and is on the move toward success in the areas of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures that supports middle level reform, we encourage you to explore the possibility of applying to become a 2018 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage school.


Congratulations to the 2017 Schools to Watch!

As the lead agency for the Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage program, the California League of Middle Schools would like to congratulate the following schools on their selection as 2017 Schools to Watch; dowload the school profiles (PDF):

Burlingame Intermediate School
Chaparral Middle School
Clifton Middle School
Desert Springs Middle School
Downtown College Prep - Alum Rock Middle School
Haskell STEM Academy
Huron Middle School
Mare Island Technology Academy
McFarland Middle School
Rancho-Starbuck Intermediate School
Suzanne Middle School

In addition, the following schools are being recognized as Redesignated School to Watch- Taking Center Stage for their commitment to continued progress and achievement:

Alondra Middle School
Alta Sierra Intermediate School
Alvarado Intermediate School
Calavera Hills Middle School
Carmenita Middle School
Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School
Heber School
Kastner Intermediate School
Kennedy Middle School
La Canada 7/8 
La Paz Intermediate School
Landmark Middle School
Leona Jackson School
Rancho Milpitas Middle School
Robert A. Millikan Middle School
Tetzlaff Accelerated Learning Academy
Torch Middle School
Vista Verde Middle School
Washington Academic Middle School

Visit the Schools Page to download the profiles.

Staff members from these five schools have worked extremely hard to create supportive, engaging communities that actively serve the academic and socio-emotional needs of all learners.

The Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage program is offered by:

Lead Agencies
• California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) (see for program specifics)
• California Department of Education (CDE)

Program Partners
• California Middle Grades Alliance, a partnership of:

Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), California Department of Education (CDE), Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) of California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCESA), California League of Middle Schools (CLMS), California Middle Grades Partnership Network (CMGPN), California School Boards Association (CSBA), California Parent Teachers Association (CAPTA), California Teachers Association (CTA), Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA)

• National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
• Schools to Watch™-Taking Center Stage Model Schools

Questions? Contact STW Director Carole Carlson - or
800-326-1880, ext. 109.

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