South Carolina
Association for MIddle Level Education

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 early 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

2019-2020 Application window is NOW OPEN!

Deadline for submission was September 20, 2019!

Schools to Watch Application (PDF) and (Word)

Redesignation Schools to Watch Application (PDF) and (Word)

Contact Tina  Jamison (

Prior to submitting the STW application, the Self-Rating Rubric must be completed online.
Please contact Tina Jamison (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 Yet's, 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 following Self 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.​​​

About us

The vision of South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, the leading proponent for the education of young adolescents, is to serve as an advocate for quality middle level education; promote public awareness and create support; and provide quality member services.

Become a member

Join the growing list of middle level educators in South Carolina by signing up for active memberships in the only organization in SC devoted solely to middle level issues.

Contact us

South Carolina 
Association for Middle Level Education

225 Gardenwalk Drive
West Columbia, SC 29170

Phone +1.803.261.6117 (call or text)


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