California Schools to Watch

Los Osos Middle School

Awarded the State and National Schools to Watch Award

On January 29, 2018 State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom

Torlakson announced 22 new high-performing California middle schools were being

recognized in the 2017–18 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program. One of the

schools selected to receive this honor is Los Osos Middle School.

Los Osos Middle School is the first and only middle school in San Luis Obispo County

to have earned this honor. In June, the school will be acknowledged in Washington, DC

as a National School to Watch.

“We are thrilled to receive this designation,” said Principal Andre Illig. “Our staff and

students worked very hard in an exciting and challenging middle school program to

demonstrate strong student achievement.”

Over the past four years, Principal Illig created a strong teacher team who

collaboratively embraced excellence and academic rigor in all areas. Los Osos Middle

School emerged not only as a consistent leader in academic achievement scores, but

also social equity and developmental responsiveness for adolescent learners.

Dr. Irvin Howard, Past-President of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades

Reform, noted, “Los Osos Middle School is a model of what an outstanding middle

school can be. School leaders from across the state will now turn to Los Osos Middle

School for guidance on improving their programs to better serve their students.”

Los Osos Middle School serves 600 students in grades six through eight in San Luis

Coastal Unified School District. California’s Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage

program uses a competitive and rigorous review process to identify high-performing,

high-impact middle schools so all middle schools may have models of real-world success.

Los Osos Middle School is one of just of 112 schools identified statewide since 2003.