Congratulations to Lake Orion’s Oakview Middle School, the first middle school in Michigan to be recognized as a “National School to Watch” three times – 2006, 2010 and now, 2014. The distinction comes from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (middlegradesforum.org), which started the Schools to Watch program in 1999. This organization identifies schools across the United States that meet its criteria for high performance – academic excellence, challenging students to use their minds well; responsiveness, sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescents; and socially equitable, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources and support. Oakview has committed to further strengthening its efforts in the above areas over the next three years, whereupon it will have to apply again to keep its status as a National School to Watch.
Comments from the Forum’s report include:
“Educating kids at Oakview is about each student as a human being first.”
“You are definitely doing right by kids and making them great people who care about each other and respect each other”