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.
We invite you to join the journey to excellence!
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.
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 complete the School Self-Study and Rating Rubric, located below, and apply to be an Ohio School to Watch.
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 five through nine. See list and map of current Ohio Schools to Watch schools above.
Your school can become an Ohio School to Watch!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 16
and Process (for years one and two following designation; year three and beyond)
"Promoting Excellence in the Middle Grades"
Tour Ohio Schools to Watch criteria through the following series of video programs.
Click on the video links below to learn more about each OSTW criterion and see evidence of these high-performance schools.
There are two links to choose from for each video:
wmv - a smaller, faster loading file that typically launches in Windows Media Player, a free software program from Microsoft; and
mp4 - a larger size file with higher resolution that typically launches in Apple Quicktime or DVD player software.
OSTW Overview Video
The school is academically excellent.
It challenges all students to use their
The school is socially equitable, democratic and fair. It provides every student with high quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities and supports. It keeps positive options open for all students.
The school is sensitive to the unique
developmental challenges of early adolescence.
The school is a learning organization that establishes norms, structures and organizational arrangements to support and sustain its trajectory toward excellence.
Ohio Schools to Watch is a partnership of Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Middle Level Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers and Otterbein University.
The practices of OSTW are available for replication by other middle level educators. Financial support has been provided by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.