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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.
Bud Carson Middle School

Designated 2024

Hawthorne School District

Los Angeles County

John Paterson, Principal

13838 Yukon Avenue, Hawthorne, CA, USA

(310) 676-1908

School Characteristics

Enrollment: 650. Grade Levels: 6-8.

School Demographics

Replicable Practices

  • BCMS is committed to continuous improvement, evidenced by investments in the Capturing Kids' Hearts program and updates to the PBIS program.

  • BCMS offers a variety of after-school activities, including sports, academic clubs, and the program.

  • Student-led groups like Kindbassadors and Friendship Club foster empathy, inclusion, and celebrate diversity.

  • Peer mediation, restorative justice practices, and bullying prevention programs contribute to a bully-free and inclusive culture

  • The heart of BCMS is our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy, featuring the renowned Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum.

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