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John Glenn Middle School located in Indio, CA serves the socioeconomically and ethnically diverse populations in grades 6-8.  The school's fall 2020 enrollment was 1,152, of which 73% are of Hispanic descent, 23% are white, 1% are African-American, 2% are Asian, and 1% are other ethnicity.  Spanish is the home language of 95% of the schools nearly 97 English Learners. The schools unduplicated percentage is 52%.  6.7% of our students are classified as English Language Learners.  57% of our students are from low-income families eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, less than .1% Foster Youth, and  13% are students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs). John Glenn Middle School has programs focused on academic language and critical thinking development and college and career readiness, prioritized to meet student needs of those whose educational journeys are more challenged by language and/or economic barriers. Supporting our site is an academic coach and a school site council committee from the community, dedicated to meet the high expectations and performance goals set by our 105 certificated and classified staff. Professional development continues to focus on PLCs and best first instruction. We have implemented MTSS, and are entering our third year. This will further support our students and family stakeholders to have better educational outcomes. For the 2021-2022 school year, John Glenn Middle School will continue to be a Title I school.

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John Glenn Middle School of International Studies is a state-of-the-art middle school that opened in September 2001. The school houses more than 1,100 students in grades 6 through 8, with 48 classrooms, 4 science labs, 4 technology labs, a library/multi-media center, a multi-purpose room, cafeteria, locker rooms, open air gymnasium/pavilion, band room and athletic fields. John Glenn is part of an "International Baccalaureate  World School Triad" with Amelia Earhart Elementary School of International Studies and La Quinta High School. Amelia Earhart is authorized as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and La Quinta High School houses the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. John Glenn Middle School is authorized for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme.  The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) is a rigorous and holistic program that promotes interdisciplinary curriculum, inquiry-based learning, high-level thinking skills, and an international/global focus.  JGMS was re-authorized as an IB school in the 2018-2019 school year.  Since 2003, John Glenn has been an AVID School and became a CA Distinguished School in 2009. In 2004, John Glenn Middle School was named a ‘School to Watch' by the California League of Middle Schools in partnership with several other organizations.  In the 2018-2019 school year, JGMS was re-authorized as a School to Watch.  It was the first middle school in the history of the program to receive a fifth recertification.   In 2015, John Glenn Middle School was named a California Gold Ribbon School, and an Honor Roll School. This award is given to schools that demonstrate high levels of student achievement, improvement over time & reduction in the achievement gap.  Students at John Glenn Middle School take up to eight subjects: Language & Literature, Individuals & Societies, Science, Mathematics, Arts, Physical & Health Education, Design, and Language Acquisition. The learning focus at John Glenn Middle School is firmly rooted in a strong foundation built on a school-wide culture of scholarly excellence, personal pride, mutual respect and service to community. We also devote time and efforts to sustaining and nurturing cooperative relationships between school and home. 

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