Three OC campuses earn spots on state’s list of model middle schools

Three Orange County campuses have earned their way onto a list of California’s top-performing middle schools.

Hilton D. Bell Intermediate School in the Garden Grove Unified School District, Cerro Villa Middle School in the Orange Unified School District and Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts in the Fullerton School District are among 22 sites recognized through California’s 2017-18 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program.

Hilton D. Bell Intermediate School in the Garden Grove Unified School District

Hilton D. Bell Intermediate School in the Garden Grove Unified School District was one of three Orange County campuses recognized this year through the state’s Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program.

Another two dozens schools that were winners in previous years will retain their designation based on their continued progress.

Model schools in the Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program were selected for demonstrating academic excellence, social equity and responsiveness to the needs of their students, according to the California Department of Education.

“Congratulations to these schools for doing excellent work to help students believe in themselves, set high goals, and dream big,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who made the announcement on Monday. “These schools are outstanding examples of how educational innovations can keep students engaged and learning throughout a transitional time in their lives.”

Here’s a list of all 22 newly designated Schools to Watch:

  •         Traweek Middle School, Covina-Valley Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  •         Hollydale School, Paramount Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  •         Paramount Park Middle School, Paramount Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  •         Sierra Vista Middle School, Covina-Valley Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  •         El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  •         Griffiths Middle School, Downey Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  •         Mary R. Stauffer Middle School, Downey Unified School District, Los Angeles County
  •         San Benancio Middle School, Washington Union School District, Salinas County
  •         Liberty Middle School, Lemoore Union Elementary School District, Kings County
  •         Mountain View Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Riverside County
  •         Indio Middle School, Desert Sands Unified School District, Riverside County
  •         Golden Valley Middle School, San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino, County
  •         Vina Danks Middle School, Ontario-Montclair School District, San Bernardino County
  •         Sequoia Middle School, Fontana Unified School District, San Bernardino County
  •         Los Osos Middle School, San Luis Coastal Unified School District, San Luis Obispo County
  •         De Anza Magnet School, El Centro Elementary School District, Imperial County
  •         Live Oak Middle School, Live Oak Unified School District, Sutter County
  •         Hilton D. Bell Intermediate School, Garden Grove Unified School District, Orange County
  •         Cerro Villa Middle School, Orange Unified School District, Orange County
  •         Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts, Fullerton School District, Orange County
  •         Fruitvale Junior High School, Fruitvale Elementary School District, Kern County
  •         San Marcos Middle School, San Marcos Unified School District, San Diego County