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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.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Redesignated: 2022

Designated 2019

San Bernardino City Unified School District

San Bernardino County

Maria Jauregui, Principal

1250 N. Medical Center Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92411


School Characteristics

Community: Urban. Enrollment: 697. Grade levels: 7-8. School schedule: six-period day.

School Demographics

Free/reduced lunch: 99%. English learners: 29%.

Replicable Practices

  • Instructional strategies such as levels of questioning, performance tasks, lab practicums, claim-evidence-reasoning, and paragraph frames are consistently used schoolwide.

  • King provides multiple opportunities for students to master the curriculum such as daily after school tutoring, re-teaching, scaffolding, intersessions, individual monitoring plans, and support classes in English and math.

  • All students maintain an AVID binder monitored by their advisory teacher and reviewed in once weekly advisory class.

  • Counselors provide for student’s social-emotional needs by offering workshops on anti-bullying, sexual harassment, social skills development, and restorative justice practices.

  • Teachers at King collaborate and calibrate best practices through lesson study, instructional rounds, department and team planning days, and team meetings.

  • The school focuses on best practices for ELD pedagogy, including reading for comprehension, collaborative conversations with roles and sentence stems, and vocabulary development as well as AVID strategies.

  • New teachers are given one full week of on-boarding, as well as support and mentoring throughout the school year.

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