Designing a middle school experience in western Arden-Arcade
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One common theme heard from students, parents, staff and community during a yearlong listening and learning effort at Encina Preparatory High School has been the need to improve the middle school experience for students. Before making any decisions on changing the middle school structure for grades six through eight at Encina, the district is launching an extensive effort to determine what academic offerings, support programs and facilities are needed to meet the needs of the diverse community that makes up the western portion of Arden-Arcade.
Phase 1: Characteristic Development - a number of methods will be used to collect input from all interested participants on what characteristics are needed in a middle school experience. (November & December 2019)
Phase 2: Recommendation Review – feedback will be taken on one or more recommendations for providing a middle school experience that provides for the characteristics identified in phase one in alignment with available resources. (January & February 2020)
Phase 3: Recommendation Refinement and Approval – based on feedback received, a final recommendation will be presented to the board of education for their consideration. (March to April 2020)
Phase 4: Implementation – staff and community will work together to implement the final plan adopted by the board of education. (Timing as determined by the final plan.)