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Valley Middle School Named State and National ‘School to Watch’
Posted 12/20/21

On Friday, December 17, 2021, Scott Steele, Director of the California Schools to Watch program, announced that Valley Middle School has been designated a 2022 California School to Watch. This is both a state and national recognition, and is awarded to high performing schools with proven academic excellence while being developmentally responsive and socially equitable.

The program is sponsored by the California Department of Education, California League of Schools, and the California Middle Grades Alliance, in association with the National Forum. To earn the designation, schools must complete an extensive application and host a site visit by middle-grades experts. To retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years. For more information about the program, please visit the California Schools to Watch web page.

In March of 2022, a site team and district leaders will attend the California Schools to Watch Conference hosted by the nonprofit California League of Schools to celebrate their recognition as a model school serving middle-grades students. The school joins 137 existing California Schools to Watch and 15 other newly-named schools for 2022.

In June of 2022, a school team will also attend the Schools to Watch National Conference in Washington, D.C. There, they will celebrate their recognition as a National School to Watch, joining over 600 middle-grades schools nationwide to share the honor.

The California Schools to Watch program was established to recognize schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, and socially equitable so they may serve as model schools that other educators can visit to see programs in action.

Congratulations to the staff and students at Valley Middle School for this important recognition.