Schools to Watch® is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:

  • 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.

Click here to read the application for the Illinois Horizon Schools to Watch Designation. Rotolo Middle School has a proud history of being an excellent middle school committed to continuous improvement.  A site visit is being planned by the Association of Illinois Middle Schools.