Van Buren Middle School Honored Nationally
Van Buren Middle School was designated as a National and State School to Watch in December 2019 by the Ohio Department of Education and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.
The designation is made after a written application, multiple sources of evidence, and a site visit determine that the school meets the criteria of a high-performing middle level school, serving grades 4-9. In order to ensure Schools to Watch prepare students to be lifelong learners ready for college, career, and citizenship, the Schools to Watch designation focuses on academic excellence, responsiveness to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and social equity.
Van Buren Middle School joins a network of 19 other state Schools to Watch and 465 designated Schools to Watch nationwide.
Most importantly, Van Buren will use this opportunity to continually improve as redesignation is done on a three-year cycle leveraging both internal and external evaluation.
Dan Stacy, Ohio Department of Education career-technical education consultant, shared: "This designation is about Van Buren Middle School's staff and leaders’ dedication to providing students with the best education possible. You all work very hard and it pays off in the success of your students and the school."