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What are Georgia Lighthouse Schools TO WATCH?

Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch is a state-level partnership that seeks to identify high-performing middle grades schools in our state. Georgia is one of 18 states that have qualified to be part of this prestigious National Forum Schools to Watch® program ( This program annually identifies schools across the country that are committed to a journey of excellence centered around the four program domains of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes.

Georgia presently has identified 16 schools that meet the criteria of this program. These schools serve as mentors and models for other schools in the state while at the same time continuing their own journey of excellence. Once identified as a School to Watch, each site must apply for re-designation every 3 years in order to remain in the program.


Common Characteristics of Lighthouse Schools to Watch

  • Dynamic, visionary leadership
  • Challenging curriculum for all students
  • Active learning environment
  • Data-driven decision-making resulting in increased academic achievement
  • School data on an upward trajectory
  • Student-centered approach to instruction
  • Equal opportunities for all students
  • Positive, happy, involved students
  • Small learning communities
  • Teams of teachers and students
  • A culture of advocacy in which all students are known and valued
  • High level of faculty commitment
  • Attention to the non-cognitive goals of education
  • Extensive family and community involvement
  • Active business partnerships

Georgia Association for Middle Level Education

PO Box 744
Milledgeville, GA 31061

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