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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.
General Grant Middle School

Redesignated: 2023

Designated 2020

Kings Canyon Unified School District

Fresno County

Rodney Cisneros, Principal

360 North East Avenue, Reedley, CA 93654

(559) 305-7330

School Characteristics

Community: suburban. Enrollment: 537. Grade Levels: 6-8. School Schedule: Each grade level has eight periods and 61,740 instructional minutes.

School Demographics

Free/reduced lunch: 100%. Students with disabilities: 8%. English learners: 18%.

Replicable Practices

  • Teachers sharing a grade level and a content area have a common daily prep period to facilitate planning and collaboration; all teachers participate in PLCs on weekly early release days.

  • Ongoing professional learning centers on research-based intervention, materials, and instructional strategies within the PLC model of Plan-Do-Study-Act.

  • A week-long summer transition program and sitewide PBIS and Time to Teach elements ensure students transition successfully from 5th grade to middle school.

  • English Language Development that includes vocabulary and academic language is taught at every grade level.

  • The Grizzly Parent Academy guides parents through the student data system, grades, PowerSchool, communicating with staff, 8th-grade promotion, high school A-G requirements, and student social issues.

  • The school is located downtown between two rival gangs; a strict dress code, a peace-building initiative partnership with the city, and a substance-abuse awareness class for students all help to restore justice to the school and community.

  • The master schedule facilitates intervention and flexibility around students’ needs.

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