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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.
Animo Florence-Firestone Middle School

Designated 2023

Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Joshua Hartford, Principal

8255 Beach Street, Los Angeles, CA 90001

(323) 565-3280

School Characteristics

Enrollment: 450. Grade Levels: 7-8.

School Demographics


Replicable Practices

  • Mixed grade-level math intervention leveled by student need

  • Advisory class facilitates academic mindset and social-emotional growth

  • Double-literacy and Double-STEM schedule for all students

  • Weekly PD and collaboration time without extending the work day

  • Reverse referrals: Push-in support so that students stay in class

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