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Four Schools in North Jersey, have been Recognized with National Schools to Watch Designation for 2024

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Wyckoff NJ, six schools in New Jersey, including four in North Jersey, have been recognized with National Schools to Watch designation for 2024, announced by the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education.

These honored schools will be celebrated at the association’s state conference at Brookdale College on March 13 and again in June at the National Forum’s Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C.

There are over 600 Schools to Watch in 17 states all focused on serving the social, emotional, and academic needs of each student in culturally relevant and inclusive ways. These exceptional schools continue to improve each year and serve as models and mentors for educators from other schools.

The 2024 recognized schools are:

  1. Franklin Lakes: Franklin Avenue Middle School (new designation).
  2. Wyckoff: Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School (redesignation II; initially designated in 2016).
  3. Wayne: George Washington Middle School (redesignation I; first designated in 2020).
  4. Butler: Richard Butler Middle School (new designation).
  5. Clark: Carl H. Kumpf Middle School.
  6. Basking Ridge: William Annin Middle School.

These additions bring the total number of Schools to Watch in the state to 14.

Schools undergo a rigorous application process and are assessed in four key areas: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes. Those meeting the National Forum’s criteria are then chosen for a site visit conducted by a team of middle-level educators from across the state.

In addition to meeting specific criteria, Schools to Watch must engage with other middle-level schools as mentors and welcome professionals to observe their practices. Recognized schools hold their designation for three years and must show progress toward specific goals for redesignation.

The Schools to Watch program was initiated in 1999 by the National Forum Advancing Excellence in the Middle Grades, a coalition dedicated to enhancing middle-grades education for young adolescents. New Jersey joined the forum in 2007 in collaboration with the state Education Department.

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