Outstanding Middle Schools Recognized for Accomplishments, Success . . .
Release date: 1/20/2012
“When it comes to being ready for a choice between getting a good job or going on to college after high school, there is no doubt that the middle school years are critical, yet often under emphasized in developing key student skills and learning habits,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Stan Heffner. “These Schools to Watch are great examples of what can be achieved when schools recognize and act upon the unique challenges students face during this stage of their lives. These schools have high expectations for the performance of their students, and they provide the structure and supports needed for academic success.”
The Ohio Schools to Watch program identifies high-performing, middle-grade schools that are:
Academically excellent—challenge all students to use their minds well;
Developmentally responsive—sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence;
Socially equitable—democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources and supports; and
Organizationally well structured – an environment in place to enable the three previously mentioned characteristics.
Additional information on the program and criteria for eligibility is available online. Since its start in 2004, 25 Ohio middle schools have been distinguished as Schools to Watch.