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Schools to Watch are on a sustained trajectory of improvement, and can serve as models for other schools.  

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  • Networking
  • General Sessions
  • 21st Century Classroom
  • Best Practices
  • March 1-3 Conference

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The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 2006 accepted South Carolina into its state Schools to Watch Program. South Carolina's collaborating partners are 
*​South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education
*South Carolina Association of School Administrators-Middle Level Principals

Schools to Watch are schools that are: 

     *Academically Excellent - These Schools challenge all students to use their minds well.

     *Developmentally Responsive - These schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of ealy adolescents. 

     *Socially Equitable - These schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources,             and supports.

     *Organized - These schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their                   trajectory toward excellence. 

Current Schools to Watch

2018-2019 Applications are NOW OPEN!

Deadline for submission is September 24, 2018!

Schools to Watch Application (PDF) and (Word)

Contact Tina White Jamison ( 

Prior to submitting the STW application, the Self-Rating Rubric must be completed online.

Please contact Tina White (803)261-6117  for instructions on completing the rubric online.

**Your school may be a high performing, high impact school, but is it ready to be designated as a model for others? Making an application is not an easy process, so before you begin, here are a dozen items to consider. If you have some Not Yets, you may want to rethink or postpone making an application at this time. Find the Deliberative Dozen checklist and complete it to ensure your ready for the process.**

Download the Self-Study and Rating Rubric

The Schools To Watch Program is a copyright protected program of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.Criteria established by the National Forum is used as the basis for the Forum’s Schools To Watch Program. The followingSelf Study and Rating Rubric may be used freely by any middle grades or secondary school to study and rate its practices. No adaptations to this self-study and rubric may be used without written permission from the Schools To Watch Committee and Board of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.

The National Schools to Watch Conference provides an excellent opportunity for all those interested in learning more about the Schools to Watch criteria and their application in improvement of middle schools and student achievement.  The conference is scheduled for June 26-29, 2019 in Washington, DC.  Newly named SC Schools to Watch will receive their award at the conference.