Schools to Watch

San Marcos Middle School named 2024 "Schools to Watch"
Posted on 03/14/2024
Announcement re-posted on behalf of the San Diego County Office of Education:

March 13, 2024

Two schools in San Diego County were among the 52 high-performing California middle schools recently recognized as California Schools to Watch for 2024.

There are 16 new California Schools to Watch this year. An additional 36 schools reapplied to the program, demonstrated their sustained progress, and have been redesignated as 2024 California Schools to Watch. Altogether, there are 200 California Schools to Watch. 

Calavera Hills Middle School in the Carlsbad Unified School District and San Marcos Middle School in the San Marcos Unified School District were both redesignated California Schools to Watch.

“Congratulations to both of these schools on their continued success and dedication to excellence,” said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. “These schools are shining examples of best practices and can be models for other schools throughout the county and state.” 

To become a School to Watch, schools must complete an extensive application and host a site visit by middle grades experts. To retain the designation, each school is reevaluated every three years. The 2024 schools will be recognized at the California League of Educators Celebration and Conference in Monterey on March 8-9, 2024.  

The California Schools to Watch program is supported by the California Department of Education, the California League of Educators, and the California Middle Grades Alliance in association with The National Forum.  

The California Department of Education encourage schools to apply for 2025 recognition. For application instructions and more information on the program, please visit the California League of Educators Schools to Watch webpage.