Bull Run and Woodbridge Middle Schools re-designated as elite Schools to Watch®.
Posted on 05/03/2018
Schools to Watch LogoBull Run Middle School first gained national attention in 2008, and Woodbridge in 2009 for test scores, management and leadership, and programs and services that meet the needs and interests of adolescents, among other criteria. The schools were designated as a Schools to Watch®, by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. 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 in which leaders from other established Schools to Watch® observe a typical day as well as interview multiple stakeholders, including parents and students.

As Schools to Watch®, Bull Run and Woodbridge Middle Schools will be featured in state and national publications, and will be model schools for middle-level instruction and support for students, staff, and community members. The schools 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 School Division’s 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).