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Vision Statement & Overview
CA Distinguished School
Sudha Venkatesan

Randy Clyde
Vice Principal

Wilma Foster

1985 Guthrie St.
San Bernardino, CA  92404

Ph: (909) 884-6030
Fx: (909) 863-7869

School Hours
Monday-Modified Day
9:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday
7:40 a.m. - 2:11 p.m.
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Our vision is to come together with a unified purpose and a passion for nurturing partnerships. Success will be built upon a commitment to teaching through multiple intelligences and growing within learning communities. As a result, we will cultivate a fully integrated school dedicated to high expectations, appreciation of diversity, positive relationships, and a desire for learning.

    Rodriguez PREP Academy opened in August of 2008 and has begun to serve grades four through eight.  Enrollment for the elementary pre-PREP Academy students (fourth, fifth, and sixth graders) will be determined by the school’s boundaries. Similar to Richardson PREP Hi Middle School, all incoming and future seventh and eighth grade students at Rodriguez PREP Academy will need to meet the placement criteria and complete a program application (applications are available at the school site and at the Enrollment Center) in order to be considered for attendance.
    The school focuses on strategically combining the dimensions of a Professional Learning Community with the idea that each child has his or her own form of intelligence (Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences).  The strengths and weaknesses within these intelligences contribute to his or her overall cognitive profile, making them unique learners with different needs that cannot always be met by a uniform curriculum.  The utilization of these components, combined with state-of-the-art technology and a strong curricular program, will create an environment of strong academic performance, high self-esteem, and a feeling of pride for the entire community.

Rodriguez PREP named a California Distinguished School
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Rodriguez PREP named a California Distinguished School
Education Desk
April 15, 2011
No. 110





The California Department of Education has named Col. Joseph C. Rodriguez PREP Academy a 2011 California Distinguished School.

Rodriguez, part of the San Bernardino City Unified School District, is 1 of only 4 schools in San Bernardino County and 97 schools statewide to earn a California Distinguished School award for 2011.

The California Distinguished Schools program began in 1986 and honors the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools.  Schools that are successful in helping all students to achieve academically, especially student groups who are traditionally less successful than their peers, are invited to apply for the award. Applicants are evaluated on their programs and practices, as well as their state Academic Performance Index (API) and federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scores.

“I am pleased, but not at all surprised, that Rodriguez was named a Distinguished School,” District Superintendent Dr. Arturo Delgado said. “Rodriguez is modeled after the very successful Richardson PREP HI Middle School.  More importantly, the students, parents, and staff at Rodriguez are all dedicated to creating an environment where students want to and can learn.”

Based on 2010 data, Rodriguez PREP Academy educates close to 770 students in grades 4 through 8, with about 85 percent classified as socioeconomically disadvantaged and about 23 percent classified as English learners. The school’s 2010 schoolwide API score was 829, a full 29 points more than the state target of 800. Rodriguez also met all federal AYP targets in both math and English/language arts.

In addition to its test scores, Rodriguez was also honored for its excellent teacher collaboration program and M.E.R.I.T. system.  M.E.R.I.T., which stands for Meeting Expectations and Realizing Individual Talents, awards points to students for academics, attendance, behavior, and extra-curricular activities.  In honor of the school’s namesake, Medal of Honor recipient Col. Joseph C. Rodriguez, students earn military-style ranks that correspond to the number of M.E.R.I.T. points they have earned.  Students start at the rank of private and can advance to the rank of general.  Lieutenants receive the privilege of moving to the front of the lunch line every day, majors earn a college field trip, and generals receive a free copy of the school yearbook and lunch with Principal Dr. Perry Wiseman.

“I am so proud of the entire Rodriguez PREP Academy community,” Wiseman said.  “The students, District staff, and families have all really worked hard over the past few years, creating an environment that has challenged us to not only meet but to exceed our potential.  Great job, everyone, and keep up the life-changing work!”

The California Distinguished School Award is presented to elementary and secondary schools in alternating years.  The 2011 awards recognized secondary schools, which include middle and high schools.  California Distinguished Schools receive a plaque and flag that they may display for up to four years, after which schools must reapply for the honor.

“I applaud the hard work and commitment shown by the staff at Col. Joseph Rodriguez PREP Academy for being among the 97 secondary schools around the state—and only one of four in our county—to be recognized as a California Distinguished School this year,” said Dr. Gary Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.

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