Ohio Schools to Watch (OSTW)

Ohio Schools to Watch Reaching for the Stars is a program that seeks to recognize diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle level schools to demonstrate what all middle level schools are capable of achieving.


Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through the Schools to Watch initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's FOUR CRITERIA for high-performing, middle level schools.

  • Academic Excellence
  • Developmental Responsiveness
  • Social Equity
  • Organizational Structures and Processes

If you believe your school is a model for others and is on the move toward success that supports middle level school reform, we encourage you to examine the School Self-Study and Rating Rubric, located below, and apply to be an Ohio School to Watch. All applicant schools must be an Institutional Member of Ohio Association for Middle Level Education in order to receive the application. In addition, all schools considering application must have a contact the Ohio STW Director, Dan Stacy prior to beginning OSTW application process. 

Contact: Dan.Stacy@education.ohio.gov to schedule a conversation or call 614-644-6325.

Eligibility requirements:

The OSTW program seeks high-performing, public middle grades schools in Ohio that are constantly "on the move" toward higher achievement of all students. School must satisfy the following minimum eligibility requirements to apply to be an OSTW:

  1. Contain at least one of the following grade levels within the school: grades 6, 7 or 8.
  2. On the most recent building report card the school must earn a "C" or better on the Overall Value-Added or Progress Component. The most recent available report card from the Ohio Department of Education.

Pre-application Resources 

Interested but still curious?

Current Ohio Schools to Watch (OSTW) continuously opened their doors to invite Ohio middle level educators and community members to learn and share practices that impact school improvement in grades six through nine. 

Your school can become an Ohio School to Watch! 
Application Deadline: October 16

  • Redesignation Form and Process (for years one and two following designation; year three and beyond)
    • All applicant schools must be an Institutional member of Ohio Middle Level Association in order to receive the application. In addition, all schools considering re-designation must contact the Ohio STW Director, Dan Stacy, prior to beginning OSTW application process. Current OSTW buildings must apply for re-designation every 3 years. 
Contact: Dan.stacy@education.ohio.gov to schedule a conversation or call 614-644-6325




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