About Marston Middle School
We are diversity in action. Our school is a great mix of ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student populations and geographically mixed as well, for students from all over the city choose our school to attend outside their own neighborhoods. We have waiting lists of students wanting to be involved in our excellent programs.
For more than a half-century our school has been located on Balboa Avenue and Clairemont Drive in the community of South Clairemont.
Clairemont High School, South Clairemont Park and Recreation Center, a public library, shopping centers, and small businesses are located within walking distance of the school. The trees, lawns, and park-like landscaping, along with the graceful lines of our remodeled library, soften the hustle and bustle of modern day middle schoolers in this 1950’s era school building.
Families are important to Marston Middle School success. Parents are involved in shared decision making through the School Site Council, Site Governance Team, English Learner Advisory Committee, and PTSA. In addition, parents and community members share their time and talent with students by volunteering in the library, providing one-on-one tutoring, speaking on Career Day and reading with students on Read Across America Day.
Many families from outside our neighborhood seek to enroll their children in our school through the Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP) and Open Enrollment Options programs. We always have a waiting list. In addition to providing a core curriculum that is built around the California curriculum standards in core subjects, we offer a variety of elective possibilities and programs to meet the individual needs of our diverse student body. Our electives include: Art; Choral Music; Computers; Construction Technology; Instrumental Music; and Spanish.
We have a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program for both cluster- and seminar-identified students. We have an active Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program that encourages a college-going culture across the school by promoting student success and leadership development. We have a wide variety of services for students with learning disabilities. We have successfully move English learners toward English language proficiency.
We actively seek out ways to help students with their studies as exemplified in our Intervention & Exploration Advisory Program. We use the time beyond class hours to implement a Staff-to-Student Mentor Program and hold an annual Girls’ Conference. Our Associated Student Body provides fun filled activities for students on Fridays during the lunch period and sponsors quarterly dances. We have a Striving Readers Grant that is focused on assisting students who struggle with reading by providing specialized instruction geared toward providing comprehending text that is read in all subject areas.
Marston has identified six areas of emphasis to help students improve academic achievement:
- Attention to essential state and district content standards in all curricular areas.
Collaborative planning of instruction in grade-level teams.
Analysis of student work, especially interim assessments, to drive instructional decisions.
Focus on academic language across the curriculum.
Intervention opportunities to assist students who are struggling to meet standards.
- Maintenance of a positive and supportive learning environment.
Marston Middle School is proud of our excellent teaching staff who are well known for going above and beyond their duties to build a school atmosphere that creates a learning environment that values and respects students, fosters partnerships with parents, and is enhanced by technology.
Marston Middle School has “grown” two San Diego County Middle School Teachers of the Year, three National Board Certificated teachers, multiple California League of Middle Schools Educators of the Year, and the 2006 Middle School Principal of the Year for San Diego and Imperial Counties.