Criteria & application process

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Schools to Watch Criteria

Schools to Watch are on a sustained trajectory of improvement and can serve as models for other schools. The Schools to Watch criteria are deeply ingrained in the culture of the school.


Detailed criteria documents can be viewed/downloaded using the links below:

  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Developmental Responsiveness
  3. Social Equity
  4. Organizational Structures/Supports


You can also view the criteria with examples of supporting practices/evidence.

Is Your School Ready To Apply?

We invite you to use the Schools to Watch Self-Study and Rating Rubric  that will give you a good read on where your school is in terms of meeting the criteria. If it does, contact Dr. Chris Cook chris.cook@ncmle.org or Jennifer Hall jennifer.hall@ncmle.org, the North Carolina Schools To Watch Co-Directors, via email in order to get a link for your school to go online and complete the rubric. The results will be automatically tabulated. All new applicants, as well as those applying for re-designation, must complete the rubric online. The results will become part of the application.

Applying for Schools to Watch Recognition

Applications are due September 1, 2019.

2019-20 NC STW Initial Designation Application

Applying for Schools to Watch Re-Designation

Re-Designation applications are due September 1, 2019.

2019-20 NC STW Redesignation Application