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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.
Tuffree Middle School

Designated 2022

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

Orange County

David Okamoto, Principal

2151 N. Kraemer Boulevard , Placentia, CA 92870


School Characteristics

Enrollment: 670. Grade Levels: 7-8.

School Demographics

African American 2%, Asian 11%, White 33%, Hispanic 49%, Other 5%

Replicable Practices

  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Support: Positive incentives and activities

  • SOAR Period: Lessons with teacher/student and peer/peer bonding

  • Peer Mentoring: Every 7th-grader is in a small group with older students and leaders

  • Gear Up: Elective class for at-potential students with SEL, academics, counseling

  • Wellness Room: A safe, relaxed space for counseling, art, meditation, and yoga

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