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 2017?
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 2017 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage school.

Application Information

Congratulations to the 2016 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 2016 Schools to Watch:

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

First Redesignation (3 years continuous improvement)
Fairmont Elementary School, Sanger Unified
Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Sanger Unified
Sanger Academy Charter School, Sanger Unified
Vanguard Preparatory School, Apple Valley Unified
Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, Paramount Unified
Pioneer Middle School, Tustin Unified
Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach Unified
Summit Intermediate School, Etiwanda School District
Union Middle School, Union School District
Sinaloa Middle School, Simi Valley Unified
San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, San Lorenzo Valley Unified
Scotts Valley Middle School, Scotts Valley Unified

Second Redesignation (6 years continuous improvement)
Reyburn Intermediate School, Clovis Unified
Mistletoe STEM Institute, Enterprise Elementary School District
Granger Junior High School, Sweetwater Union High School District

Third Redesignation (9 years continuous improvement)
Frank Wright Middle School, Imperial Unified
Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School, Los Angeles Unified
Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley Unified
Edna Hill Middle School, Brentwood Union School District

Fourth Redesignation (12 years continuous improvement)
John Glenn Middle School of International Studies, Desert Sands Unified


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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