Schools to Watch

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The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 2006 accepted South Carolina into its state Schools to Watch Program. Check out our current School to Watch!

South Carolina’s Collaborating Partners

We identify schools to watch as those 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 support.


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

Resources for Applying to Be a School to Watch

Handouts from Webinar


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.
The Schools to Watch Program is a copyright-protected program of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The National Forum’s criteria serve as the foundation for the Forum’s Schools to Watch Program.
The National Schools to Watch Conference is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the Schools to Watch criteria and how they can be used to improve middle schools and student achievement.