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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.
Mountain View Middle School

Redesignated: 2023

Designated 2020

Beaumont Unified School District

San Luis Obispo County

Sean Dickinson, Principal

200 Cougar Way, Beaumont, CA 92223

(951) 845-1627

School Characteristics

Community: suburban. Enrollment: 1,133. Grade Levels: 6-8. School Schedule: All grades have six periods per day, one weekly early-release day to allow for learning and collaboration, and an advisory class four days a week.

School Demographics

Free/reduced lunch: 58%. Students with disabilities: 13%. English learners: 7%.

Replicable Practices

  • Weekly subject-matter PLCs on early release days support data analysis, meeting specific student needs, and training and collaboration with middle-level teachers districtwide.

  • The Encore advisory period provides timely, specific supports to students in character education, academic intervention, and college-and-career readiness.

  • CharacterStrong advisory and leadership curriculum provides specific training in qualities such as kindness, empathy, and patience, plus challenges both students and staff to exhibit the traits.

  • Staff and students are randomly assigned to one of four houses with colors and brands to build a sense of belonging.

  • “Where Everybody Belongs” is an effective peer-mentoring program that pairs eighth-grade mentors with new sixth-graders for the entire year.

  • Robust Career Technical Education options help lay an informed foundation for students’ college and career choices and include medical, engineering, robotics, and fine arts.

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