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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.
General Grant Middle School

Redesignated: 2023

Designated 2020

Kings Canyon Joint Unified School District

Fresno County

Rodney Cisneros, Principal

360 North East Avenue, Reedley, CA 93654

(559) 305-7330

School Characteristics

Community: suburban. Enrollment: 537. Grade Levels: 6-8. School Schedule: Each grade level has eight periods and 61,740 instructional minutes.

School Demographics

Free/reduced lunch: 100%. Students with disabilities: 8%. English learners: 18%.

Replicable Practices

  • Teachers sharing a grade level and a content area have a common daily prep period to facilitate planning and collaboration; all teachers participate in PLCs on weekly early release days.

  • Ongoing professional learning centers on research-based intervention, materials, and instructional strategies within the PLC model of Plan-Do-Study-Act.

  • A week-long summer transition program and sitewide PBIS and Time to Teach elements ensure students transition successfully from 5th grade to middle school.

  • English Language Development that includes vocabulary and academic language is taught at every grade level.

  • The Grizzly Parent Academy guides parents through the student data system, grades, PowerSchool, communicating with staff, 8th-grade promotion, high school A-G requirements, and student social issues.

  • The school is located downtown between two rival gangs; a strict dress code, a peace-building initiative partnership with the city, and a substance-abuse awareness class for students all help to restore justice to the school and community.

  • The master schedule facilitates intervention and flexibility around students’ needs.

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