The Ohio Department of Education has named Wadsworth's Central Intermediate School as an Ohio School to Watch for the 2010-2011 school year. Wadsworth Middle School has been previously honored. Erwine Middle School in Coventry also was previously named an Ohio School to Watch.
The Medina County school was recognized as a model of what middle grades schools are capable of achieving. It is among five middle schools in the Buckeye State selected for the Reaching for the Stars program as part of the state and national Schools to Watch initiatives. The programs honor a small number of diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle grades schools.
Also selected were:
- Beachwood Middle School (Beachwood City Schools) in Cuyahoga County;
- Canaan Middle School (Jonathan Alder Local Schools) in Madison County;
- E. H. Greene Intermediate School (Sycamore Community City Schools) in Hamilton County;
- Teays Valley West Middle School (Teays Valley Local Schools) in Pickaway County.
Developed from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, the Ohio's Schools to Watch program identifies high-performing, middle-grade schools that:
- Challenge all students to use their minds well;
- Are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence;
- Are socially equitable – democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources and supports; and
- Have an environment that fosters the three previously mentioned characteristics.
To be selected, schools must complete an extensive application and are evaluated against 37 characteristics established by the National Schools to Watch Forum. Schools must meet state academic achievement guidelines at each grade level and are visited by a team of trained evaluators.
Through a partnership among ODE, Ohio Middle Level Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers and Otterbein University, OSTW practices can be adopted by other middle-level educators. ODE has developed video profiles of the four criteria of a high-performing middle schools, which can be found at http://bit.ly/hxVgE6
Schools that have been honored previously are:
Ankeney Middle School – Beavercreek City Schools (Greene County);
Bellbrook Middle School – Sugarcreek Local Schools (Greene County);
Bridgetown Middle School – Oak Hills Local Schools (Hamilton County);
Erwine Middle School – Coventry Local Schools (Summit County);
Kilbourne Middle School – Worthington City Schools (Franklin County);
Nagel Middle School – Forest Hills Local Schools (Hamilton County);
New Albany Middle School – New Albany-Plain Local Schools (Franklin County);
Rapid Run Middle School – Oak Hills Local Schools (Hamilton County);
Spinning Hills Middle School – Mad River Local Schools (Montgomery County);
St. Henry Middle School – St. Henry Consolidated Local Schools (Mercer County);
Van Wert Middle School – Van Wert City Schools (Van Wert County);
Wadsworth Middle School – Wadsworth City Schools (Medina County);
Wantz Middle School – Miamisburg City Schools (Montgomery County).