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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.
Don Juan Avila Middle School

Designated 2023

Capistrano Unified School District

Orange County

Amy Varricchio, Principal

26278 Wood Canyon, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 362-0348

School Characteristics

Enrollment: 926. Grade Levels: 6-8.

School Demographics

Replicable Practices

  • Onsite PLC coach supports teams re: standards, learning, interventions

  • MTSS provides interventions for students needing support beyond Tier 1

  • Daily 26-minute “Bronco+” tutorial for intervention, re-teaching, enrichment

  • PBIS expectations in school-wide behavior matrix with “Bronco Bucks” digital rewards

  • Inclusive, collaborative co-teaching for SWD and ELs for ongoing support

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