Three Orange County middle schools have been re-designated as 2021 “California Schools to Watch.”
Bell Intermediate School in the Garden Grove Unified School District, Cerro Villa Middle School in Orange Unified and Ladera Vista Junior High School of the Arts in the Fullerton School District are among 31 high-performing campuses spotlighted by the state for demonstrating “academic excellence, social equity and responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents.”
While all three local schools were first recognized through the California Schools to Watch program in 2018, they were allowed to reapply for the honor after showing sustained progress. In fact, only one campus, Standard Middle School in Kern County, is new to the list after going through the application process for the first time.
“Congratulations to these schools for building systems that support all students in believing in themselves, discovering their individual interests, and working toward their academic, life and career goals,” State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said. “These schools are outstanding examples of how educational innovation and a dedicated school community can keep students engaged and learning through a critical stage in their K–12 journey.”