Tetzlaff Middle School: Closing the Achievement Gap and Preparing for College Success
Tetzlaff Middle School: Closing the Achievement Gap and Preparing for College SuccessMelissa Heinz, Assistant Director of SpringBoard, the College Board
Tetzlaff Middle School in the ABC Unified School District is Los Angeles County’s first magnet middle school to provide Pre-AP curriculum for all students. The federally-funded magnet program was created to address declining enrollments and increase student diversity. English language arts and mathematics teachers and school administrators chose SpringBoard as the core instructional program to support the magnet school’s goal of access and equity to college preparatory curriculum for all students. Some highlights of this implementation include:
- Due to the success of the program, student enrollment has increased from 500 to 640 students
- SpringBoard has been a major factor in raising student achievement for all demographic groups
- Teacher collaboration has been a successful part of the implementation of SpringBoard.
- Data from California’s Academic Performance Index (API) Reports indicate that Tetzlaff Middle School students gained more than 60 points since SpringBoard was introduced.
“SpringBoard has changed the way I look at classrooms. I now look at the level of student engagement, and I am amazed at the incredible growth among teachers as well as students,” said Crechena Wise, Principal of Tetzlaff Middle School
Find out more about the success at Tetzlaff Middle School here.