Goshen Local School District

Goshen Middle School is the only new school in Ohio named " Ohio School to Watch" this year

Goshen Middle School has been recognized as a model school, according to the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and Ohio’s Schools to Watch program. Only 400 schools are across the entire country are designated as National Schools to Watch and 30 schools in Ohio have received this honor.


This is an award that is reserved to middle schools that exhibit:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Developmental Responsiveness
  • Social Equity
  • Effective Organizational Structures and Processes


This recognition is available only to high-performing, growth-oriented middle schools that are dedicated to their students.  


The process to become designated as a National School to Watch  and an Ohio School to Watch includes meeting the academic criteria on state tests, submitting an application for consideration and a successful site visit from the review board.  


The Ohio chapter only agrees to visit three schools in a given year throughout the entire state, and Goshen Middle School was chosen as one of those schools.  When the review board comes to visit the school they are looking for schools that have innovative ideas and put students at the center of what they do.  To do this they interview administration, teachers, staff, students and parents about the school.  They also visit every classroom to evaluate if the school matches the rigorous criteria of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.  



Part of becoming a National School to Watch includes allowing other administrators from middle schools across the United States the chance to see what works in our classrooms as well as representatives from the school traveling to the national conference in Washington D.C. to talk to schools across the country about what they are doing at Goshen Middle School.


As a newly designated Ohio School to Watch GMS will be recognized by:


  • The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform at the National Schools To Watch Conference June 21-24, Washington, DC (http://mgforum.org/ )


  •  As a new School to Watch you are expected to present at the National Forum School to Watch Conference.


  • The Ohio Middle Level Association will also recognizes new Ohio Schools to Watch at   their annual conference. November 2 & 3, 2017, Columbus, OH.  


Congratulations to everyone--we are very proud of our middle school community.