During the last school year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recognized Culver City Middle School as one of 12 California schools re-designated as model middle schools in the Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage (STW-TCS) program.
The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform also recognized the school over the summer in Washington, D.C. as part of its 2015 National Schools to Watch program. Principal Dr. Linsey Gotanda; sixth-grade math teacher and coach Donna Bergonzi; and Kati Krumpe, CCUSD Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services; accepted the award on behalf of CCUSD.
Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:
They are academically excellent – these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
They are developmentally responsive – these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
They are socially equitable – these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.