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Schools To Watch

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, jviano13@gmail.com.

Schools interested in pursuing a designation or re-designation in 2019-20 should contact John Viano (jviano13@gmail.com) immediately.

Visit the National Forum website at www.middlegradesforum.org for more information.

INITIAL APPLICATION

REDESIGNATION APPLICATION

Illinois Horizons Schools to Watch

Arthur Libby Middle School – Chicago
Central Middle School – Evergreen Park
Century Junior High – Orland Park
Cooper Middle School – Buffalo Grove
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
Hadley Junior High – Glen Ellyn
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
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
Westmont Junior High – Westmont

Frequently Asked Questions

How can my school apply to become a School to Watch®?2019-06-05T14:38:00-04:00

If your school is interested in becoming an Illinois Horizon School to Watch, contact AIMS Executive Director, John Viano at jviano13@gmail.com.

Who are the Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch?2019-06-05T14:38:00-04:00

The Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools features a complete list of IHSTW on our website.

What does it mean to be an Illinois Horizon School to Watch?2019-06-05T14:38:00-04:00

Schools to Watch are focused on continuous school improvement. These exemplary schools participate in evaluations conducted by representatives from the National Forum and engage in ongoing self-evaluation using the Schools to Watch rubric. Schools participate in the Association of Illinois Middle-grade Schools (AIMS) networking events, present at Association workshops and conferences and provide leadership as part of the AIMS Network. Schools are recognized at the National Forum Annual Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C.

What is the National Forum Schools to Watch program?2019-06-05T14:38:00-04:00

Schools to Watch is a school improvement tool for middle schools. Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch (IHSTW) excel in academics, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes and demonstrate a trajectory toward continuous improvement.

If your school is interested in becoming an Illinois Horizon School to Watch, contact AIMS Executive Director, John Viano at jviano13@gmail.com.

Apply to Become a School To Watch

Apply to become an Illinois Horizon School to Watch by completing the initial application. Current STW schools interested in applying for redesignation, should complete the redesignation application. Send your completed application to National Forum State Director, John Viano at jviano13@gmail.com.

INITIAL APPLICATION

REDESIGNATION APPLICATION

Schools to Watch are Here to Help

Our Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch willingly provide assistance to Illinois schools who would like to learn more about specific aspects of the middle school model. For more information, please complete the contact request form and an AIMS representative will reach out to you directly.

The Schools To Watch Rubric

The Rubric is the cornerstone of the Schools to Watch program. Staff members engage in a reflective self-study by completing the rubric electronically. Feedback results are compiled and furnished to the participating school site. These results provide stakeholders with a picture of how the school views itself in terms of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity opportunities and organizational structures to support continuous improvement.

The Rubric Feedback Report can be used to provide focus for reflection and school improvement activities. All schools applying for a STW designation must complete the rubric self-study.

STW Rubric

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Upcoming Events

  1. Administrator Roundtable Series

    October 18 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  2. Stevenson Middle School Learning Walk

    November 6 @ 7:30 am - 3:15 pm