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CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO WATCH

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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.
Arlie F. Hutchinson Middle School

Redesignated: 2023

Designated 2020

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District

Los Angeles County

Jenny Bae, Principal

13900 Estero Road, La Mirada, CA 90638

(562) 944-3268

School Characteristics

Community: Urban. Enrollment: 680. Grade Levels: 6-8. School Schedule: All students have at least six periods per day, with an optional zero period to participate in a second elective.

School Demographics

Free/reduced lunch: 52%. Students with disabilities: 10%. English learners: 5%.

Replicable Practices

  • The master schedule allows daily common planning time for content- and grade-level teams.

  • The STEM portion of STEAM learning includes courses such as environmental and structural engineering, automation and robotics, and medical detectives; arts courses include choir, guitar, band, wind ensemble, and orchestra.

  • Electives are self-selected by students and progressive in challenge and rigor as students matriculate through all three grades with pathways for STEM/Project Lead The Way, performing arts, academics, and leadership.

  • A staff-created academic discourse rubric increases rigor for verbal and written communication.

  • Parent engagement is a priority: parenting seminars, partnerships with the city for transportation and classes taught at the school, an on-site YMCA after-school program, and parent communication software are available.

  • Students’ social-emotional skills are built through staff and peer mentoring; training in growth mindset, organization, and goal setting; and interviews at the end of 8thgrade with community members.

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