The Owl Creek School has been re-designated as an
Arkansas Diamond School to Watch, and the school celebrated with students, parents, and staff during a morning assembly on April 15.
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.
To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making.