Tierra Buena School is a school of approximately 780 Kindergarten through eighth grade students. Originally the Tierra Buena area was a community separate from Yuba City proper and has developed a history of its own with the school being the central point. There are numerous families that have had multiple generations start in Kindergarten and graduate from eighth grade nine years later. Over the last several years we have had over 40 staff members children as students here. There is a genuine sense of community at Tierra Buena.
The goals from our single school plan are as follows:
1. All ELD students will improve at least one CELDT level.
2. Increase the amount of time for History / Social Studies instruction by lengthening the school day and therefore increase the CST scores in H/SS in 5th and 8th grades.
3. The 2nd through 8th grade students are testing on Writing Conventions and Writing Strategies during STAR testing. Currently an average of 70% of the questions answered in the Writing Conventions portion and 60% of the questions in the Writing Strategies portion were all answered correctly. The percentage of correct answers in each portion will increase by an average of 5 percentage points.
4. Currently 13% of Tierra Buena English Learner students are performing at proficient level or better in ELA and 23% at the proficient level or better in Math. Also, 28% of our Special Education students are performing at the proficient level or better in ELA and 32% are at the proficient level or better in Math. 30% of the English Learners and 36% of the Special Education students will be proficient or better in both Math and ELA.
5. Currently 52% of the students at Tierra Buena are measured at proficient or above for ELA as measured by the CST portion of the STAR tests. By the end of 2008 this percentage will increase by 5%.
Progress indicators include classroom assessments, curricular assessments, STAR testing, and CELDT results. Indicators are monitored at various times during the year depending on appropriateness.
All classes use the State / District adopted curricula based on the District Academic Standards. The various grade levels have a variety of reward systems to help encourage good behavior and strong academic performance. There is also an after school program that offers activities ranging from organized sports for the upper grade students, homework help for students who have that need, to a recreation program for students needing a safe place to be in the late afternoon.