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All LCPS Middle School Re-Designated Schools to Watch


All 17 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) middle schools have been re-designated as Schools to Watch by the National Form to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The Schools to Watch program focuses on school improvement efforts characterized by a continuous trajectory toward success. 


The Schools to Watch designation must be renewed every three years. This year, two LCPS middle schools have been re-designated as Schools to Watch: Blue Ridge Middle, which has been re-designated for the fifth time, and Harmony Middle, which has been re-designated for the third time.


“The Schools to Watch designation is reflective of the hard work of our middle school educators and administrators to ensure the success of each and every student,” said Dr. Aaron Spence, LCPS Superintendent. “This is another shining example of LCPS’ commitment to preparing our students to be life-long learners who reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.”


The characteristics of Schools to Watch are:

  • High-performing middle schools that are academically excellent. All students are expected to meet high standards and all teachers use instructional strategies that include a variety of challenging and engaging activities.

  • High-performing middle schools that are responsive to the unique needs of the middle school-aged students. The school creates a personalized environment, provides access to comprehensive services, encourages alliances with families and promotes the development of citizenship skills.

  • High-performing middle schools that are socially equitable. Every student is provided with high-quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities and support systems.

  • High-performing middle schools that incorporate organizational structures to support school improvement planning, interdisciplinary teaming, use of data, culturally responsive instruction, exploratory curriculum offerings, grade-level houses and places where time is allotted and scheduled to meet these goals.


Schools to Watch will be recognized at the National Schools to Watch Conference in June in Washington, D.C.


Published April 16, 2024