LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16, 2015) - Luther Burbank Middle School is one of seven middle schools across California to be selected as model middle schools in the 2014-15 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program. The announcement was made by the Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
The high-performing schools demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, social equity, and organizational support.
“Burbank Middle School is blazing a path of success and achievement. The Highland Park community and the parents, students and employees of Burbank Middle School have much to be proud of; I am honored to stand with them and celebrate this recognition of excellence,” said Board Member Bennett Kayser, who represents Burbank Middle School.
Applicants to become a model middle school must have met or exceeded the Academic Performance Index (API) school wide growth target three out of the five most recent years, 2007-08 to 2012-13.
School administrators must conduct a self-study evaluation and complete an extensive narrative application. Each site is reviewed by a team of middle school experts.
All schools will be formally recognized in Sacramento at a luncheon February 26, and during the California League of Schools Annual Conference North, February 26-March 1.
The Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage program is sponsored by the California League of Middle Schools and the California Middle Grades Alliance.
“We are honored to be recognized as a school to watch,” said Christine Moore, Luther Burbank Middle School principal. “The designation is the result of an incredible amount of hard work on the part of our students, teachers, staff, and parents, as well as community members in Highland Park.”
Contact: Tom Waldman (213) 241-6766