New Jersey Schools to Watch

Engaging in outstanding educational practices that can be replicated by others.

Rating Rubric and School Self Study

To prepare for application to the New Jersey Schools to Watch® Program, your school must complete the School Self-Study, using a Rating Rubric.  The Self-Study is conducted on-line and results are returned to your school's team leader electronically.  To obtain the link to complete your school's Self-Study email:

Please click on this link for the rubric PDF file :  Schools to Watch Rating Rubric and School Self Study
Annual Application Process

Download and review the Readiness Checklist (PDF) to see if your school is ready to be a model for others. New Jersey Schools to Watch® is a statewide program that identifies high-performing middle level schools willing to serve as models and provide mentorship to other schools with similar student populations and challenges.

New Jersey Schools to Watch® are not perfect, but they are on a trajectory toward excellence and have a passion for sharing what works on their campuses. Schools should only apply if site-level administrators will embrace the mentorship role and willingly advise staff from other schools who will call, visit or email.

1. Email:  for information on how to access the Self-Study Rubric online. This Rubric is a school-wide process and should involve the entire staff. Your individual staff members will complete the Rubric online and results will be sent to your school’s designated team leader.

2. Complete the Principal's Checklist to guide you in your application decision.

3. If you believe your school meets or exceeds the criteria on this Self-Study Rubric, we encourage you to submit an application for 2017-2018 academic year. 

4. Should you decide to apply for Schools to Watch® designation a staff application team must complete the full application, including the written narrative. Applications prepared by external grant writers or paid consultants will not be accepted. ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL AND RECEIVED BY: Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Application must be submitted in ONE Word Document file to:

A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of the application.


2017-2018 Selection Timeline
November 1, 2017:     Applications due and confirmation of receipt of application will be sent via e-mail.
December 15, 2017: All schools will be informed of the status of their application. Selected schools will be scheduled for visitations between January and February.
March 2018: Announcement of 2018 New Jersey Schools to Watch.
June 2018:      Designated schools attend National Conference in Washington, DC to receive national recognition.