Oakview Middle School has been re-certified in the National Schools to Watch Program. A team of evaluators visited Oakview on Feb. 1, 2018 and did a thorough assessment that included observations, interviews with staff and students and a meeting with the school administrators, Cabinet, and a Board member.
“This re-designation is a true test to our Oakview family," Oakview principal Sarah Manzo said. "The dedication to the middle level learner on all facets allows our staff to focus on the academic, social, and emotional needs of individual students.”
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 criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:
- They are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
- They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
- They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
- To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.