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California Schools to Watch TM is a statewide program implemented by the California League
of Schools, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, and the California Schools to Watch model schools.
Clifton Middle School

Redesignated: 2020, 2023

Designated 2017

Monrovia School District

Los Angeles County

Scott Moses, Principal

226 S. Ivy Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016


School Characteristics

Community: Suburban; Enrollment: 668; Grade Levels: 6-8; School Schedule: Seven period day, includes flex period, zero period, and Wednesday minimum days for collaboration.

School Demographics

53% Hispanic, 29% White, 9% African American, 5% Asian, 3% Filipino, 1% American Indian; 41% Free/Reduced Lunch; 9% English Learners

Replicable Practices

  • Interventions include math, English, social-emotional classes during the school day, and the Cub Academy, offered four days per week, which provides intervention/enrichment classes schoolwide.

  • Highly successful push-in/co-teach collaborative teaching model is in place for special education students and all students in need of additional assistance in the core classrooms.

  • School-wide PBIS program includes Tier I, II, and III interventions and provides for regular rewards and recognition.

  • Spanish dual immersion program has been implemented to allow students to continue this program through high school.

  • All core classes embed SDAIE methods, utilize Kagan strategies, and have common curriculum maps and/or pacing guides with common assessments.

  • All English Learners have an adult advocate who monitors progress and meets with students to support their needs.

  • Clifton participates in the Focused Schools Program to ensure that focus strategies are implemented and student goals are met.

  • School focus areas include utilizing CUB Writing (creating a claim, using evidence, and backing it up) and three-level questioning to increase rigor across subject areas.

  • “Jump Start” conferences are offered before school to help support potentially at-risk students.

  • Successful Parent University nights are held five times per year to address topics of interest to the parent community and to assist them in supporting their students.

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