State Superintendent Congratulates Edna Hill, a 2022 California High-Performing Middle School

SACRAMENTOState Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today announced that Edna Hill Middle School (Brentwood Unified School district0 has demonstrated sustained progress and has been re-designated as one of California’s high-performing 2022 “California Schools to Watch.” Edna Hill is the only school in Contra Costa County to receive the designation.

“Congratulations to these innovative and exceptional schools for creating systems that support the needs of all students—all while navigating extraordinarily challenging conditions during the pandemic,” Thurmond said. “These schools are outstanding examples of how educational innovation and a dedicated school community can keep students engaged and learning through a critical stage in their K–12 journey. These high-performing model schools demonstrate academic excellence, social equity, and responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents.”

The California Schools to Watch program is sponsored by the California Department of Education, the California League of Schools, and the California Middle Grades Alliance, in association with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. To earn this designation, schools must complete an extensive application and host a site visit by middle grades experts. To retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years.

The 2022 schools will be recognized by State Superintendent Thurmond during the School to Watch Leadership Celebration Day on Thursday, March 3. For more information about the program, visit the California Schools to Watch web page.