The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools is proud to work in conjunction with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in the administration of the Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch Programs.

Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes designed to support a trajectory toward excellence.

To apply for STW recognition please contact John Viano, or (872)216-5254.

Schools interested in pursuing a designation or re-designation in 2018-19 should contact John Viano ( immediately.

Visit the Nation Forum website at for more information.

Initial application

Re-designation application

Schools to Watch Professional Development and Training Opportunities

Our Illinois Schools to Watch willingly provide assistance to AIMS Network schools who would like to learn more about specific aspects of the middle school model. For more information, select a highlighted school from the list below and complete the form. An AIMS representative will reach out to you directly.

Arthur Libby Middle School – Chicago
Central Middle School – Evergreen Park
Crone Middle School – Naperville
Emerson Middle School – Park Ridge
Evergreen Academy Middle School – Chicago
Field Middle School – Northbrook
Granger Middle School – Aurora
Gregory Middle School – Naperville
Hickory Creek Middle School – Frankfort
Highland Middle School – Libertyville
Hill Middle School – Naperville
Indian Creek Middle School – Waterman
Jack London Middle School – Wheeling
Kaneland Harter Middle School – Sugar Grove
Little Village Academy Middle School – Chicago
Mattoon Middle School – Mattoon
Mayo Middle School – Paris
Monticello Middle School – Monticello
Nathan Davis School – Chicago
Olympia Middle School – Stanford
Sam Rotolo Middle School – Batavia
Springman Middle School – Glenview
Stevenson Middle School – Melrose Park