Award Year: 2018

Redwood Middle School

13925 Fruitvale Avenue
Saratoga, CA, 95070-5603

(408) 867-3042

Ms. Barbara Neal, Principal at time of Nomination

Saratoga Union School District

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The mission of Redwood Middle School is to create an environment which excites and inspires students, creating a passion for learning now and in the future. To educate students to their fullest potential, our focus includes promoting academic success, providing a balanced curriculum, and building caring, responsible citizens. With students as our number one priority, staff will continuously reflect on our teaching practices, use data to guide instruction, share ideas and concerns, and communicate regularly with all stakeholders.

Student Demographics
  • White: 27%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 61%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 13%
Students engaged in STEM class project.

Students engaged in STEM class project.

Redwood Middle School is a 6th - 8th grade campus devoted to the celebration of our diverse population. Stakeholders work together to ensure that each student receives a rigorous academic experience in a supportive environment.

Academic excellence at Redwood is recognized through state assessments as well as regional and national math, science, music, and poetry competitions. Student learning is our top priority, and staff members continuously reflect on the improvement of teaching practices, the use of data to guide instruction, and engagement in professional development. Students demonstrate mastery of mathematical concepts and enroll in the classes for which they are prepared to succeed rather than by grade levels. Core courses utilize extended subject projects and cross-curricular investigations.

Student well-being is a primary focus of Redwood’s recent self-study. Refinements included more creative options for students via electives, such as advanced strings orchestra, Writing-for-Real-Purposes, STEAM classes and enhanced after-school offerings such as Vex Robotics Club

Social responsibility and character building are developed through our Project Cornerstone asset-building lessons which concentrate on positive self-identity, growth mindset, digital citizenship, and creating a balance between the rigors of academics and daily student life. Additional programs that build a positive environment include WEB (Where Everybody Belongs), Caught in the Act kindness recognition, Club 47 social opportunities, and our service learning Leo Club.

Redwood Middle School’s strength lies in its quest for the building of positive assets to create a nurturing environment that supports the academic success of all students.