Which brings us back to the changes about to take place on the CdM and Costa Mesa campuses. While they represent a step forward, the success of the middle-school enclaves will rest on the one factor by which education lives or dies: the quality of teaching.
When I asked CdM Middle School Principal Guy Olguin about this issue, he assured me that his teachers receive extensive training and development "to stay cutting edge."
What's more, he said, the enclave will include modern tools, such as interactive whiteboards "to infuse technology into teaching." A more defined middle-school area will also allow for a sharper focus on projects and activities designed for this age group, he said. Meanwhile, middle-school students will still have access to certain high-school classes when appropriate.