San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) offers parents of students who will attend middle school next school year several options. Students may attend their home school or they may apply to attend one of these very successful and specialized programs: Richardson PREP HI Middle School, Rodriguez PREP Academy Middle School, or the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Middle Years Program at Chavez Middle School.
Students must meet all eligibility criteria to apply. All applications to participate in these programs for the 2020–2021 school year must be completed and postmarked on or before January 30, 2020. Applications may also be dropped off before 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the SBCUSD Secondary Education Department, 4030 Georgia Boulevard in San Bernardino.
Richardson PREP HI’s Academic Magnet Program is highly individualized, focusing on student achievement, social-emotional growth, and leadership. As a result, Richardson has earned a Gold Ribbon School award and a National Blue Ribbon award. Students attending this school are not placed according to attendance boundaries. Eligible students must apply to attend Richardson PREP HI for grades six, seven, and eight.
Rodriguez PREP Academy serves students in grades four through eight with a curriculum and educational philosophy structured to ensure all students are held to high expectations. Rodriguez was named a California Distinguished School in 2011 and its students have consistently scored above state targets on standardized tests. Fourth- and fifth-grade students attend Rodriguez based on the school’s attendance boundaries. However, eligible students must apply to attend in grades six, seven, and eight.
Chavez Middle School offers the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) program, which showcases a world-renowned education with the potential to earn an I.B. Diploma. The I.B. Diploma is recognized by colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Students who successfully complete the I.B. Middle Years Program at Chavez will be better prepared to enroll in the I.B. Diploma Program offered at two SBCUSD high schools.
Parents of eligible students may submit applications for one or all of these programs. Admission will be determined by a random lottery drawing of all qualified applicants. Once a student’s name is drawn, their school preference will be given top consideration, but all enrollment is always on a space-available basis. Each student will only be accepted into one school.
To qualify for admission in any of the programs, students must live within the San Bernardino City Unified School District attendance boundaries. They must also have earned Standard Nearly Met or better in both English-language arts and math on the most current California Assessment of School Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test, have no more than 15 unexcused absences during the prior and current school year, and have maintained acceptable behavior during the current school year.
The random drawing will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at the SBCUSD Professional Development Center, located at 4030 Georgia Blvd. in San Bernardino. The drawing time will be at 4 p.m. for all three schools. Students and parents need not be present at the drawing. Parents will receive official letters with their child’s lottery number.