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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.
Serrano Middle School - Highland

Redesignated: 2019, 2022

Designated 2016

San Bernardino City Unified School District

San Bernardino County

Erin Freeman, Principal

3131 Piedmont Drive, Highland, CA 92346

(909) 388-6530

School Characteristics

Community: Urban; Enrollment: 838; Grades: 7-8; School Schedule: Seven-period day rotating schedule with early release on Mondays. Once-a-week period for social skills and restorative practices.

School Demographics

1.3% American Indian/Native American; 3.9% Asian/Asian American; 14.3% Black/African American; 70.5% Hispanic/Latino; 0.6% Pacific; Islander; 8% White; 1.3% Other; 90% Free/Reduced Lunch; 14% English Learners

Replicable Practices

  • School is scheduled in interdisciplinary teams with common prep period.

  • Serrano has a well-developed PBIS program, restorative justice program, and Saturday home visit program, during which staff visit student homes.

  • Staff instructional rounds, peer observations, and a video instructional coaching model support instruction.

  • Grade level interdisciplinary teams meet weekly to discuss team trends, interventions, and student monitoring.

  • One day per week, 8th grade students are regrouped to allow for differentiation and re-teaching of important concepts.

  • All 8th grade students are in Algebra. Progress for each student is monitored on a skills tracker card to identify and measure growth in gaps, and to direct students to classes for re-teaching.

  • AVID interactive notebooks are utilized in all core classes.

  • Common assessments are developed and used regularly by core teachers.

  • AVID practices are schoolwide and over 50% of students are enrolled in an AVID class.

  • All teachers are CLAD certified. EL students are mainstreamed and provided a two-period intervention block for language development.

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