New Jersey Schools to Watch

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

Applying to become a School to Watch

New Jersey Schools to Watch® is part of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform that identifies high-performing middle level schools willing to serve as models and provide mentorship to other schools serving middle grade students. 

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. Complete this Principal's Checklist to guide you in your application decision:

 Email: [email protected]  for information on how to access the Self-Study and Rating 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.  You can also access the Self-Study and Rating Rubric for informal use with your faculty, but the electronic version is required if you are submitting the application:   

3. If you believe your school meets or exceeds the criteria on this Self-Study Rubric and you have positive responses to the Principal's Checklist, we encourage you to submit an application for 2018-2019 academic year. 

4. Should you decide to apply for Schools to Watch® designation a staff team must complete the full application, including the written narrative. Applications prepared by external grant writers or paid consultants will not be accepted. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2018.

Applications must be submitted in ONE Word Document file to: [email protected]

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

The application form for NJSTW 2018-2019 is now available and can be downloaded here:
Please contact the State Directors, Frank Corrado or Gail Hilliard-Nelson at:  [email protected]  if you have any questions.  

2018-2019 Selection Timeline
November 1, 2018:     Applications due and confirmation of receipt of application will be sent via e-mail.
December 15, 2018: All schools will be informed of the status of their application. Selected schools will be scheduled for visitations between January and February.
March 2019:  Announcement of 2019 New Jersey Schools to Watch.
June 2019: Designated schools attend National Conference in Washington, DC to receive national recognition.