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Tincher Lauded as 'School to Watch'

For the fourth time, Tincher Preparatory School has earned the “School to Watch” honor recognizing academic excellence in the middle grades. The honor is given by the California Middle Grades Alliance.

Tincher was recognized for its success in four areas: implementing best practices focused on academic achievement; responding to the developmental needs of adolescents; offering an equitable education for all students; and instituting processes and procedures that sustain academic growth.

The award applauds high-performing schools as models that demonstrate success in the four key areas. 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.

“Long before our district launched the Equity and Excellence Initiatives, Tincher Preparatory began its journey towards equity and excellence by making a concerted effort to ensure that all students had access to accelerated classes leading to our first Schools to Watch designation in 2009,” Tincher Principal Alma Black said. “Tincher teachers are dedicated and nurture our Tincher Tigers from TK through eighth grade each and every day within our small learning community. I am honored to be a member of this special school.”