HAMLET — One Richmond County school is being re-designated as a “School to Watch,” one of 400 across the nation.
The district announced Monday that Hamlet Middle School has earned the distinction for 2019 from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.
It was first designated as a “School to Watch” in 2013. To remain on the list, schools must go through the process every three years. It received its first re-designation in 2016.
“Hamlet Middle School faculty and staff understand the importance of educating the whole child,” Principal Karen Allen said in a statement. “We are committed to forming positive,
nurturing relationships that encourage children to reach their full potential.”
Schools are graded on academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes.
It’s those qualifications that Jennifer L.H. Hall, co-director of the North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education, said supports the success of the school’s students.
“Based on Hamlet’s re-designation application and site visit, many strengths were noted, including a positive school culture that endeavors to continuously improve, a high level of student engagement and professional commitment, and programs and clubs that are responsive to student needs,” she said in a statement.
As of last year, 32 schools in North Carolina have been designated, including two others in Richmond County. Ellerbe Middle was designated in 2017 and Rockingham Middle in 2018.
The full list of 2019 schools will not be listed until next spring.