First Posted: 3/28/2012

Abington Heights Middle School in Clarks Summit has been recognized for re-designation this year as a “School to Watch.” Three years ago the Middle School was first designated a “School to Watch.” A school celebration is planned for April 4, at 12:30 p.m.

PA Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” (PA STW) is part of a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Middle School Association, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Lehigh University, Shippensburg University and Horace Mann Service Corporation.

Abington Heights Middle School was selected by state leaders for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. Dr. John Harrison, Past President of the National Forum stated, “We congratulate these schools for being places that do great things for all of their students. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement. They are also places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensure that every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education.”

Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 criteria developed by the National Forum.

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