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California Schools to Watch is a statewide program implemented by the California League
of Educators, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum, and the California Schools to Watch model schools.
Actis Junior High School


Designated 2022

Panama-Buena Vista Union School District

Kern County

Patrick Spears, Principal

2400 Westholme Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93309

(661) 833-1250

School Characteristics

Enrollment: 739. Grade Levels: 7-8.

School Demographics

African American 14.2%, Asian 2.1%, White 14.6%, Hispanic 64.9%, Other 2%, American Indian 1.0%

Replicable Practices

  • IMPACT Program: A 5-day transformational learning experience/suspension alternative

  • Actis Live: A daily student-run news program that reinforces core school values

  • Actis Bootcamp: End-of-summer campus tour; sessions on organization & core values

  • ACT Cards: Earned by students who show core values; prizes broadcast on Actis Live

  • Coffee with the Principal: Open forum for families to ask questions and raise concerns

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