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"We are a dedicated community with a shared purpose to empower all students to succeed."
After four years of continuous improvement, Fischer Middle School has positioned itself to reach higher goals. Our school culture has changed to reflect a new attitude in all the stakeholders. Our students, parents, and staff share the same vision of success: High academic performance that leads to the ability of making crucial choices, including college preparation. With the establishment of a school Leadership Team, the school began to focus on developing a school culture where the emphasis was placed on high student performance and teacher effectiveness. The Leadership Team members' role is to support the school's vision, to support new and struggling teachers, and to hold everyone accountable for supporting the school's reform effort. By providing support networks, the school has been able to offer students new and innovative programs that are yielding improved student performance.
At Fischer, all students are expected to meet the California Content and Performance Standards. Everyone is accountable for student success. From the administration to the support programs, all areas of the school are focused to empower students' learning. Accountability systems have been set up in different areas to ensure student learning.
Parents, teachers and students work together in our learning community to continue the school's improvement effort. The school continues to implement the philosophy of the Discipline With Dignity program where by all staff and students have high expectations for positive social behavior. All staff recognize that students can and will reach their maximum potential as learners.
Every staff development initiative is research-based and aligned to develop a better understanding of the standards, and to learn effective instructional strategies to address the needs of all students.
Fischer Middle School is one of six middle schools in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District located in San José, California. The school serves 651 students in grades 6-8. A high immigrant population, highly mobile, and low-income residential area, characterizes the neighborhood. The student population is composed of 83% Latino, 5% Asian-Other, and 7% Filipino/Pacific Islanders. 93% of the students participate in the free/reduced lunch program. 69% of the students are English Learners. Given these demographics, the school is presented with many challenges to increase academic achievement and overall improved school performance.