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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 - Montclair

Redesignated: 2017

Designated 2014

Ontario-Montclair School District

San Bernardino County

Anna Amaro, Principal

4725 San Jose St., Montclair, CA 91763


School Characteristics

Community: Suburban. Enrollment: 741. Grade levels: 7,8. School schedule: Six periods, block schedules.

School Demographics

Free/reduced lunch: 92%. English learners: 26%.

Replicable Practices

  • Decision-making is based on striving toward the goal of providing every single student with highly rigorous and relevant academic instruction every minute of every school day.

  • The school is an AVID Academy and AVID-trained staff use AVID strategies school wide that include the Critical Reading Strategy and Cornell note-taking.

  • AVID elective classes participate in tutorials two days per week, bringing questions from any class and having peers help discover misconceptions to further understanding.

  • Teachers use critical thinking and link learning to real-world applications, a crucial role of every lesson and students do this by engaging in scenarios/situations to simulate real world experiences and how

  • they might apply this knowledge.

  • In PLC’s, teachers create assessments, and then create lessons that will allow students to be successful in those assessments.

  • In student-led conferences, students walk their parents through their assessment data, examples of their work, examples of needed improvement, and lastly their goals.

  • Project-based learning, the inquiry process, and integrated units of study are the outcome of blocking core subjects.

  • Teachers use common prep periods to plan instruction, analyze data, and other instructional activity.

  • A campus peer mentor is responsible for building relationships and providing guidance to students.

  • Teachers actively provide opportunities for students to reflect and set future goals, which equip them to lead their parent conferences twice a year.

  • As a result of housing a community collaborative and a counseling center as well as partnering with local service programs, the school offers family counseling, case management, and other services.

  • The school hosts parting workshops that are developed in conjunction with the Parent Center.

  • Students in leadership elective work towards running Renaissance Rallies, record and broadcast the “Daily News,” and help keep the campus a well-functioningplace.

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