Educators at Day Creek Intermediate School realize that middle school is a unique moment in students’ academic, social and emotional lives. As Principal David Apodaca notes, “you have to respect the fact that this is a huge transition time in their lives … And if we don’t recognize that and respect that, then academic success will never come.” To support the needs of all students, this large and diverse middle school has implemented a program called Personally Achieving Character and Knowledge, or PACK – a daily embedded class period where all students received targeted enrichment, intervention, and social-emotional development.
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Day Creek Intermediate School
Mr. David Apodaca, Principal at time of Nomination
12345 Coyote Drive
Etiwanda, CA, 91739-9031
|Student Demographics 2019|
|Number of students 6-8||1288|
|Students eligible for subsidized meals||29%|
|Students receiving special ed services||8%|
|African American students||6%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native students||1%|
|Hispanic or Latino students||33%|
|Student mobility rate||3%|