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Camden Middle School earns national honor of being named a "School to Watch"

December 19, 2018

Camden Middle School earns national honor of being named a "School to Watch"

National Forum Schools to Watch logo Camden Middle School (CMS) is the newest school to earn the national honor of being named a "School to Watch."

When bestowing the designation, the National Forum judges said that CMS truly has heart. According to the team, it is evident that the leadership, faculty and staff deeply care for and are committed to the continuous success of students. The team was also impressed by the high level of appreciation students had for their school and their teachers.

"This is a great day for the Camden Middle community," CMS Principal Byron Johnson said. "I am proud to work with such outstanding students, staff and families who are committed to excellence."

According to the National Forum, Schools to Watch have outstanding academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, socially equity and organizational structure.

Schools to Watch began in 1999 as a program to identify middle grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding a set of strict criteria for excellence. South Carolina was one of three states to join the National Forum in 2006, which currently includes 18 states. To date, only 20 middle schools in South Carolina—including Lugoff-Elgin Middle School—and 400 schools nationally have earned the Schools To Watch award.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform is an alliance of 65 educators, researchers, national associations and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades. Its website——features online tours of schools and detailed information about the selection criteria used in the recognition program.

South Carolina's program is sponsored by the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education and the South Carolina Association of School Administrators-Middle Level Principals.

Mary Anne Byrd