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2020 California Schools to Watch Model Middle School: Alvarado Intermediate

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Alvarado Intermediate Receives Coveted Redesignation as a California

2020 “Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage" Model Middle School


ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – FEBRUARY 5, 2020 – Rowland Unified School District’s Alvarado Intermediate School was named for the sixth time as one of California’s “Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage” model middle schools. This state and national distinction identifies Alvarado Intermediate as a high-performing middle grade school in the areas of academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents and social equity and the school has retained their designation for this award. The school was first named a national Model Middle School in 2004, then redesignated in 2007, 2011, 2014, 2017 and again in 2020. The school’s leadership team led by Principal Scott Cavanias has been invited to present at The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform Conference on March 5, 2020 in Sacramento where they will receive the award.

We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized as a School to Watch for the 6th time,” said Cavanias.  “Our students and staff have been committed to living our vision of core values and beliefs, and this 5th re-designation is a testament to their hard work and dedication. We are very appreciative of the support from our parents, families, and community members who continue to help us be the world's greatest version of US each and every day!" 


The STW™—TCS program is sponsored by the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS)  and the California Department of Education, in partnership with the California Middle Grades Alliance. Schools must complete an extensive application that is reviewed by middle grades experts to earn this designation. In order to retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years.


Alvarado Intermediate serves 7th and 8th grade students in the Rowland Unified School District. It is a recognized and award-winning "School of Excellence" on a national and state level and is located at 1901 S. Desire Avenue in Rowland Heights. For more information, call (626) 964-2358 or visit www.alvaradoschool.org

For more information about the STW™—TCS program, please visit the CLMS High Performing Middle School Models.



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