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St. James Middle School Earns National 2021 Schools to Watch® Designation

St. James Middle School has earned the national 2021 Schools To Watch® re-designation award by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. St. James Middle School was first designated as a national Schools To Watch® award recipient in 2015. The schools' emphasis on strong academics, sensitivity to young adolescents' needs and interests, and commitment to providing all students equal access to a high-quality education resulted in the well-deserved recognition.

Principals, teachers, staff members, and their communities have dedicated themselves to being strong exemplars for sustaining their students' growth and development. Schools are required to submit an extensive application, undergo a site review, and display a strong commitment to the thirty-seven criteria for high-performing middle schools identified by the National Forum. Their success has earned them this highly sought-after designation. Each of these schools has committed to the Schools to Watch Framework for continuous school improvement.

St. James Middle School was one of 29 schools in South Carolina to Watch, and nationwide there are just over 450 schools that have earned this designation.

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