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California Schools to Watch

Become a 2024 School to Watch
Does your middle school, K-8 school, traditional school, or public charter school serve middle-grades students exceptionally well? Be recognized and share your site’s best practices with other educators!

Complete the form below and an email will be sent to the principal with the application instructions.

2024 CA-Schools to Watch Application Request


Current Schools to Watch

  • Renew Your CLS Schools to Watch membership
    Annual membership is required. Renew now! Important: Only already-designated Schools to Watch should purchase CLS Schools to Watch memberships.

  • Redesignate as a School to Watch
    Every three years, Schools to Watch reapply to ensure growth is continuing. This year, reapplying is simpler than ever! Visit the Schools to Watch redesignation page.

  • Tap free and low-cost resources
    Join the Leaders to Watch PLC, share free resources with your staff, and access exceptional PD at great prices.

See California Schools to Watch 

Browse over 150 schools in the network

About Schools to Watch
Schools to Watch is a national network of over 400 schools in 17 states. California is the largest state participant. Schools that apply to become Schools to Watch in the fall submit an application that is reviewed by experienced middle-grades experts in their state. If the application is approved, the school hosts a validation visit (the visit may be virtual due to COVID-19 this school year). If the school meets the qualifications, the school becomes a California School to Watch in March and a National School to Watch in June. 

The California Schools to Watch program is operated by:

Lead Agencies

  • California League of Schools 

  • California Department of Education

Program Partners

  • California Middle Grades Alliance, a partnership of CDE, CLS, and:

    • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)

    • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

    • Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) of California County Superintendents

    • Educational Services Association (CCESA)

    • California Middle Grades Partnership Network (CMGPN)

    • California School Boards Association (CSBA)

    • California Parent Teachers Association (CAPTA)

    • California Teachers Association (CTA)

    • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

  • National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform

  • California Schools to Watch Model Schools

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