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Andrew Carnegie Middle School

San Juan Unified School District

Sacramento County

Andrew Carnegie Middle School

Designated 2011

Redesignated: 2014, 2018

Aaron Wurtzer, Principal

5820 Illinois Avenue, Orangevale, CA 95662

Community: Urban fringe of large city. Enrollment: 1039. Grade Levels 6-8. Schedule: Six Period day with daily Homeroom. Early release on Thursday to facilitate staff collaboration. ¬¬

Free/Reduced Lunch: 33%; English Learners: 3%

  • Carnegie provides intervention opportunities through after-school tutoring, group collaboration in classrooms, AVID tutorials, teaching assistants, and a math tutorial class offered as support for core math class. In addition, a Read 180 class is offered during the school day for students who are not yet proficient in Reading/Language Arts.

  • Pacing guides, and lesson plans, are supported and assessments in all curricular areas are used to drive instruction and to analyze student performance.

  • Teachers are supported by release time weekly to meet by department or grade level to analyze student work, plan for interventions, classes, and discuss best practices.

  • Students develop goals for the year in the areas of behavior, responsibility, and work habits which supports the work of measuring progress.

  • Study strategies are built into weekly lessons including Cornell note-taking, text mapping, review of testing language, and the use of online resources and textbooks.

  • Daily Homeroom provides time for monitoring student progress, goal setting, participating in character education activities, and preparing for student-led conferences.

  • A variety of electives are available to students including Garage Band, 3 levels of band, film production, music composition, photography, and visual arts.

  • Carnegie families benefit from campus visitation days where students and their families can spend time on campus, visit classrooms, and speak with teachers, administrators, and students.

  • Utilizing the “Naviance” program, the counseling team works with eighth-grade students on developing an individualized six-year goal-setting plan that begins in middle school and guides them through high school.

  • Release time is provided consistently for peer observations and content area collaboration to improve teaching methodology, classroom management, assessment, and professional relationships.

  • Carnegie has a well-developed, award-winning Video Production program that trains students to continue to pursue this interest in high school and beyond.

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