• News Release: 1/16/2020 Schools to Watch honors seventh Chesterfield school

    The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform seeks to improve academic and developmental outcomes for all students in the middle grades annually by identifying schools that exemplify best practices, promote effective policies, develop leadership, and engage their community. This national group of educators is committed to promoting academic achievement and the best practices that go into engaging students, helping them achieve and celebrating the healthy development of our young people.  
    Providence Middle School last week joined the ranks of Chesterfield County schools to be honored with the national Schools to Watch designation. There are now seven Chesterfield County middle schools with this honor.
    “Middle school can be a challenging time for growth and transition; however, our schools are continuing to find ways to support our students and help them along the path to success,” Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty said. “We pride ourselves on providing students with amazing learning experiences in remarkable learning environments, and we’re excited that outside organizations are recognizing the great work our teachers and staff are doing.”
    These Chesterfield County schools also have been designated as national Schools to Watch:
    Redesignated in 2020; originally designated in 2017

    • Robious Middle
    • Swift Creek Middle 
    • Bailey Bridge Middle 
    Designated in 2019:
    • Elizabeth Davis Middle
    Redesignated in 2019; originally designated in 2016
    • Midlothian Middle 
    • Tomahawk Creek Middle 
    The goal of the Schools to Watch program is to identify and recognize outstanding middle schools. The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, which oversees the program, says that Schools to Watch share these characteristics:
    • 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.