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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.
Creekview Ranch School

Redesignated: 2023

Designated 2019

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District

Placer County

Marty Alberti, Principal

8779 Cook Riolo Road, Roseville, CA 95747


School Characteristics

Community: suburban. Enrollment: 732. Grade levels: K-8. School schedule: seven-period day with early release for collaboration on Monday.

School Demographics

Free/reduced lunch: 42%. English learners: 21%

Replicable Practices

  • School has developed collective team commitments around goals, essential standards, common assessments, and professional learning.

  • Creekview Ranch has developed a multiple-tier support system including “Raptor Time” four days per week embedded in the school day to offer additional support and enrichment opportunities.

  • Students benefit from full inclusion in language arts and mathematics supported by a strong co-teaching model.

  • Weekly PLC meetings focus on reading and writing standards across the curriculum.

  • Exploratory classes incorporate language, math, and science concepts through technology career research and Project Lead the Way (robotics, design and modeling, medical detectives, and computer science).

  • All classrooms have daily student-friendly learning objectives posted for student reference.

  • All teachers are trained in Guided Language Acquisition by Design (GLAD) which supports instruction for all students particularly mainstreamed EL students.

  • Students in seventh-grade science participate in a “20% Project” where they choose what they want to research and create their projects encouraging choice, learning, designing, reflecting, modifying, and presenting.

  • Technology is integrated in all subject areas and students use Google Suites, video production, robots, drones, 3-D printers, and internet research in all core classes.

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