Superintendent’s Memo #069-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 27, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Schools To Watch Program

Since 2003, Virginia has been one of the 19 state members of the Schools To Watch Program. Sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, the goal of Schools To Watch is to identify and recognize outstanding middle schools based on four criteria:

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the names of four new and six redesignated Virginia middle schools that have been added to the list of Schools To Watch.  The new schools are:

The redesignated schools are:

These schools join the ranks of nearly 400 middle schools across the country considered to be important resources for other schools to consult in their efforts to continuously improve programs for middle grades students.

All middle schools across the Commonwealth are invited to apply to be a School To Watch.  Application information and instructions are posted at with a due date of September 15, 2015.  For questions, please contact Sandra Dutemple, director, Virginia Schools to Watch, by e-mail at or by telephone at (703) 795-0775; or Dr. John W. "Billy" Haun, chief academic officer, Division of Instruction, by e-mail to or by telephone at (804) 225-2034.