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Tincher Again a State 'School to Watch'

Tincher Preparatory School’s significant gains in student achievement have earned the K-8 campus its second “School to Watch” honor given by the California Middle Grades Alliance.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that Tincher was among 11 redesignated and four newly named high-performing California schools deemed model middle schools in the Schools to Watch − Taking Center Stage program.

“I commend the students, their parents, teachers and administrators for their efforts in helping make these 15 schools models of excellence,” Torlakson said.  “Their success is amazing, especially considering they are swimming against the tide of massive budget cuts, crowded classrooms and employee layoffs.”

The award recognizes high-performing school models that demonstrate academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of adolescents, social equity and organizational support.  Model schools host visitors from California and around the world who are looking for replicable practices that improve student achievement.

To be named a model middle school, school administrators must conduct a self-study evaluation and complete an extensive narrative application.  Each site is then reviewed by a team of middle grades experts.  To retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years.

The winning schools will be formally recognized at the California Middle Grades Alliance annual luncheon on Feb. 23 during the California League of Middle Schools conference in Sacramento.

NATIONAL PRAISE -- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan holds a roundtable discussion at Tincher Preparatory School in March with then-Principal Bill Vogel.  Duncan praised LBUSD as a school system that "has gotten things right for a long time."  The school was just named among California's "Schools to Watch" for a second time.