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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.
Sequoia Middle School - Fresno

Designated 2022

Fresno Unified School District

Fresno County

Allyson Burns, Principal

4050 E Hamilton Ave, Fresno, CA 93702, USA

(559) 457-3210

School Characteristics

Enrollment: 820. Grade Levels: 7-8.

School Demographics

African American 3.5%, Asian 11.5%, White 1.6%, Hispanic 82.9%, Other .5%

Replicable Practices

  • School-wide Clarity: Intentional planning, criteria for success, explicit language, mentor text

  • Interdisciplinary Teams: Focus on skills that reinforce connections between areas of study

  • English Learner Teaching & Learning: Explicit language instruction for text construction

  • Culture and Climate Team: Student connection, celebrations of middle school success

  • Success Period: 30 minutes daily for flexible grouping & MTSS Tier 2 teaming structure

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