After achieving significant gains in student performance, Tincher Preparatory School has become the first Long Beach school, and the first K-8 school in the state, to be named a “School to Watch” by the California Middle Grades Alliance.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell recently announced that Tincher and only two other schools statewide earned the honor.
“Congratulations to all the students, their teachers and administrators, and the parents who are working hard to make these schools examples of educational excellence,” O’Connell said.
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.
To be named a Schools To Watch–Taking Center Stage designee, schools must have met all state Academic Performance Index growth targets for the previous three years. Tincher also conducted a rigorous self-study and completed a narrative application. A team of experts visited Tincher in December.
“They liked what they saw in regard to the culture of our school, the academic success, the teamwork of staff, and the partnership between the parents, the kids and the staff,” said Tincher Principal Bill Vogel. Tincher’s API score rose 46 points schoolwide in the past three years. In that time, the African American subgroup narrowed the achievement gap by 24 points, and Latinos by 62 points. Tincher is a diverse school with more than 50 percent of its students designated as disadvantaged. This subgroup has improved by 53 points over the same period. Tincher's API score stands at 845, well above California’s target of 800.
The other two winners this year are Clark Intermediate School in Fresno’s Clovis Unified School District, and Dartmouth Middle School in Santa Clara County’s Union School District. This year’s winners will be recognized at the March 13 to 15 California League of Middle Schools conference in San Diego.