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Crayton Middle School Redesignated as National School to Watch

February 19, 2020

Crayton Middle School has done it again!

Crayton has been redesignated as a National School to Watch for its academic excellence and for creating an outstanding and supportive learning environment for students. Only 20 schools in South Carolina currently hold this distinction, while 450 schools in the nation are Schools to Watch.

Crayton Middle School is located at 5000 Clemson Avenue, Columbia, SC 29206

The honor by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform evaluated schools for their emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to the needs and interests of adolescents, commitment to equal access to high-quality classes and outstanding leadership. Crayton was originally designated as a School to Watch in 2017 and applied to be redesignated this year. Schools must apply every three years to remain Schools to Watch.
Crayton Principal Angela Burns credits her students and staff for their commitment to excellence. “The Crayton Middle School’s tag line is ‘Give the Best, Expect the Best, Be the Best!’  Our teachers and students work daily to embody this statement.  Being redesignated as a School to Watch confirms that the dedication that our faculty and staff have in our students’ success is paying off.”

To be a School to Watch, middle schools must complete an application, undergo site review and display a strong commitment to the 37 criteria for high-performing middle schools. Schools to Watch are showcased as models to the state and the nation and interested educators are encouraged to visit the schools to see first-hand how they approach instruction, parent and community involvement and professional development. The schools will be recognized at the South Carolina Middle School Conference in March and this summer in Washington, DC at the National Schools to Watch Conference.

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