Award Year: 2020

Tincher Preparatory School

1701 Petaluma Avenue
Long Beach, CA, 90815-4855

(562) 493-2636

Mrs. Alma Black, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Long Beach Unified School District

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To provide a warm and demanding environment with support and enrichment opportunities so that every Tincher Tiger can achieve their maximum potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 29%
  • Hispanic: 35%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 12%
Fishbowl Book Discussion

Fishbowl Book Discussion

Tincher Preparatory's quest for excellence began over two decades ago when the community chose to convert the existing elementary school into a K-8 school. After a year of planning, our middle school added a grade level each year. Concurrently, the staff worked diligently to make the program a success by adding a Gifted Education component, participating in rigorous professional development, and involving the parents and local community in school events and leadership committees. Emphasis was placed on integrating instructional technology through a combination of grant writing and site funds. With additional funding provided by our PTA, we were able to purchase devices to have a 1:1 device to student ratio.

Tincher began building a college-going culture that included all grade levels with the idea of preparing all students for success in the district's rigorous high school programs and post-secondary educational opportunities. Middle school students were exposed to the A-G requirements for college admission and parent training programs on college readiness were offered. Our innovative master schedule affords students several elective choices as well as the enrichment or supportive classes necessary for success.

The synergy between our dedicated teachers and our parents has resulted in the successes that exist today. All teachers are highly qualified, and a majority of teachers are board-certified or graduates of the Art of Teaching, a 2-year program designed to create pedagogical expertise. The community has worked hard towards our common goal of providing the best educational opportunities for our students.