Woodbridge Middle first gained national attention in 2009 for test scores, management and leadership, and programs and services that meet the needs and interests of adolescents, among other criteria. The school was designated as a School to Watch® by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. Bull Run Middle School also received the designation. Both have since been re-designated following their application and a rigorous site visit to maintain their status.
To meet the criteria for the honor, a school must also have achieved full accreditation status based on Standards of Learning assessment results and serve students in grades seven and eight. A visitation team conducts a site visit, composed of leaders from other established Schools to Watch® observe a typical day as well as interview multiple stakeholders, including parents and students.
As a School to Watch®, Woodbridge Middle School will be featured in state and national publications, and will be a model school for middle-level instruction and support for students, staff, and community members. The school will be honored at the National Forum’s Annual Schools to Watch® Conference in Washington, D.C. in June.
Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) has nine schools on the National Forum’s list of Schools to Watch®. Both of the traditional schools and seven middle schools have achieved this title.
Other PWCS schools currently holding the designation as a School to Watch® are Gainesville (2014, 2017), Lake Ridge (2014), Saunders (2010, 2015) and Stonewall (2011, 2014) Middle Schools; and Pennington (2014, 2017) and Porter Traditional Schools (2013, 2016).