EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 1982
since-1982

Richardson PREP HI Middle School – San Bernardino, CA

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Richardson PREP HI Middle School

455 South K Street
San Bernardino, CA, 92410-2607

(909) 388-6438

Dr. Natalie Raymundo, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School

San Bernardino City Unified School District

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Mission

Our vision is that Richardson PREP HI students will be well-rounded, creative, college and career-focused, critical thinkers who are productive citizens in the global community. The primary mission of Richardson PREP HI, grades 6-8, is to provide a positive, supportive, and secure environment in which to develop responsibility and self-discipline for academic and social excellence within a framework of a contractual agreement between staff, parents, and students.
 

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 10%
  • Hispanic: 75%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 89%
 

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Richardson students develop their hearts, minds, and bodies.

Richardson students develop their hearts, minds, and bodies.

At Richardson PREP HI Middle School, we believe that children can do more than adults usually think they are capable of, and that given the right support and guidance, all children achieve excellence. Richardson PREP HI is a public magnet school located in the city of San Bernardino, CA, the second poorest city in the US. Despite the challenges our community faces, our staff partners with families to inspire students to great heights in the arts, academics, and athletics. Students are challenged each day to improve their knowledge and skills through highly interactive lessons, activities, and project-based learning in a positive, growth mindset culture. Across content areas, students are expected to continuously engage in academic discourse with peers and teachers, supporting their assertions with logical evidence and justification. The academic program is diverse and includes offerings such as computer science, robotics, design and modeling, Spanish, instrumental and vocal music, television production, and art. Technology is integrated across the curriculum daily with devices for all students. Struggling students are identified quickly and provided supports such as non-cognitive skills coaching, tutoring, and homework help. The school's mastery-based approach to assessment and redemptive grading practices push students to keep learning and improving beyond the date of an assessment. Supporting our during the day programs, Richardson's model after school program, which runs daily until 6 p.m., is extremely well-attended daily by 40% or more of the school population, which allows for extended learning, involved leadership, and additional enrichment beyond the traditional bell schedule.