McCracken Named National School to Watch

In addition to being a prestigious honor in middle school education, it’s a huge milestone for McCracken Middle – on the heels of the 2011 District reorganization which shifted 9th graders out of McCracken Junior High to the Spartanburg High School Freshman Academy in order to pave the way for a more focused middle-school experience for students. Not only does this recognition underscore the collaboration that has made that shift a success, it speaks volumes about the academic excellence and spirit of innovation that is at play at McCracken.
One of the innovative programs for which the school was recognized is a new approach for end-of-the-year exams, called the Year End Studies (YES) Program. With YES, students will be able to forgo the age-old final exam week for a choice of one or two special interest community components central to their course curriculum. While this approach dramatically expands student knowledge and skills beyond the S.C. curriculum standards, students at McCracken are genuinely excited as well.
“This is such exciting news for McCracken Middle, District 7, and Spartanburg,” said Margaret Peach, Principal. “This significant honor is so telling – it proves how challenged academically, artistically, and socially our students are, and reinforces the fact that our staff is committed to setting the highest expectations for our students. I look forward to sharing this recognition with all students, parents, staff and community and I thank everyone for their support and commitment to our spirit of excellence.”
Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 criteria developed by the Forum. Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum’s criteria for high performance.

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