Castle Park Middle is located in Chula Vista, California within the Sweetwater Union High School District. The school is an urban school with 96% minority students, 88% economically disadvantaged, and 65% English learners. During the 2012-2013 school year, the school implemented the Learning Upgrade program for math intervention, as part of the overall Granger Turnaround Model (GTM) for school-wide turnaround.
The Learning Upgrade program consists of online courses for students to complete at school and at home. The courses are high-interest featuring songs, video, and games to motivate students and teach difficult topics in new ways. Each course covers the math standards for one grade level with review back to fill in gaps. Teachers track student progress to the gold certificate level of mastery through web-based reports.
Castle Park Middle implemented the Learning Upgrade program within academic supports for students needing intervention. The supports were both in school and in after school sessions. Teachers tracked student progress to ensure mastery in each assigned course.
The school achieved significant gains in math for the school as a whole in all grade levels and for subgroups of students within one school year. This report details the results.