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Editorial: Schools to watch
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We would like to join the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, the district, and the community in offering our congratulations and a hearty pat on the back to Camden and Lugoff middle Schools, both of which have been recognized as a “School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The National Forum is an alliance of 65 educators, researchers, national associations and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades.

According to the National Forum, Schools to Watch have outstanding academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, socially equity and organizational structure.

It’s no small feat. Thus far, only 20 middle schools in South Carolina and some 400 nationwide have achieved this status. In fact, Lugoff Middle is the only school in South Carolina that has been recognized as a “School to Watch” four times.

The “School to Watch” program began in 1999 as a program to identify middle grade schools across the country that meet or exceed a set of strict criteria for excellence. South Carolina was one of three states to join the National Forum in 2006, which currently includes 18 states.

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees will recognize Camden and Lugoff middle schools for these remarkable achievements during its meeting tonight.