El Segundo Middle School Selected as California and National ‘School to Watch’

In the words of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, “These middle schools teach deeply to standards, assess ongoing student progress, and use data to make decisions. They develop confident and capable adolescent citizens, differentiate instruction for all learners, and provide effective interventions to struggling students.”

An official School to Watch Celebration will take place at ESMS on February 26 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and parents, students, business partners and the community are invited to attend. In March, CMGA will honor the superintendents and board members of newly designated Schools to Watch at a luncheon in Sacramento. Superintendent Melissa Moore and the ESUSD Board of Education President Emilee Layne will receive a CMGA award presented by Torlakson. In June, ESMS will also be recognized in Washington, D.C. as a National School to Watch.

“It is a tremendous honor for our school to be named a 2018 School to Watch,” said El Segundo Middle School Principal Melissa Gooden. “This recognition is a testament to the standard of excellence that is shared by our students, staff, district, school board, and community.” 

ESMS was recognized for its comprehensive curriculum, including robust arts, music and foreign language programs. Every day, teachers emphasize critical-thinking skills and collaboration, while encouraging students to examine their studies from a global perspective. Students are engaged in research, inquiry and technology daily via a 1:1 iPad initiative. ESMS focuses on developing problem-solvers who have a continuous sense of community and service.

Dr. Irvin Howard, Past-President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, noted, “El Segundo Middle School is a model of what an outstanding middle school can be. School leaders from across the state will now turn to El Segundo Middle School for guidance on improving their programs to better serve their students.”

ESMS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School serving sixth through eight grade students in the El Segundo Unified District, and is one of only three IB public middle schools in Los Angeles County. California’s Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program uses a competitive, rigorous review process to identify high performing, high impact middle schools so that all middle schools may have models of real-world success.

The program is provided by the California Middle Grades Alliance, which includes the California League of Middle Schools, California Department of Education, and other statewide educational organizations that are partners in the Alliance. For more information on the program, contact Carole Carlson, CMGA Director, at ccarlsonedu@gmail.com.


About the El Segundo Unified School District

The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).