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Alder Creek Middle School

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Nevada County

Alder Creek Middle School

Designated 2016

Redesignated: 2019

Hien Larson, Principal

10931 Alder Drive, Truckee, CA 96161

Enrollment: 497; Grades: 5-6-7-8; School Schedule: Seven-period day with advisory once per week and a reading/ELD period. Wednesday minimum day. Common content area preps. Zero period and after school classes offered.

0.1% American Indian/Native American; 0.5% Asian/Asian American; 0.1% Black/African American; 0.6% Filipino/Filipino American; 27% Hispanic; 0.1% Pacific Islander; 69% White; 0.6 % Other; 36% Free/Reduced Lunch; 30% English Learners

  • Extensive elective offerings include RTI, technology, film making, community service, art, forensic science, music, digital citizenship, and brain games.

  • School-wide emphasis on effective instructional strategies such as: design thinking, explicit direct instruction, problem-based learning, Google Classroom, and interdisciplinary instruction.

  • Effective use of technology as a tool for instruction throughout the school; 1:1 computer ratio.

  • Daily advisory class to address school climate and social-emotional issues.

  • Academic support available before, during, and after school includes tutoring, homework club, mentoring, and after-school GATE science. Schedule allows for pullout for enhancement and support classes in order to re-teach specific content skills or access to RTI classes in math and English.

  • Shared prep time utilized to create common assessments, build rubrics, review formative assessments, and plan responses to learning.

  • Shared partnerships with University of Reno, Sierra Nevada College, and CUE create opportunities for learning for both staff and students. Students experience “college for a day” and professors/students volunteer in classrooms.

  • School offers multiple opportunities for service learning as well as opportunities for mentoring through Positively Rolling life skills art program, and Big Brothers/ Big Sisters.

  • The majority of staff have been trained in leadership coaching.

  • Differentiated learning is a school-wide focus.

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