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Chapin Middle School redesignated as a national Schools to Watch

For Immediate Release – November 28, 2022



Chapin Middle School redesignated as a national Schools to Watch

IRMO Chapin Middle School was recently redesignated as a national Schools to Watch for the second time after going through the evaluation process.


Chapin Middle was first recognized for this honor in 2017. The program recognizes middle schools nationwide that continuously improve academic achievement, developmental responsiveness and organizational structure. Schools to Watch designations last for three years, and schools must re-apply to earn the recognition again.


The redesignation process involved district office personnel, community members, parents, students, and staff members working together to meet with the five-person evaluation team for a site visit. The redesignation is a continuous improvement model that requires schools to demonstrate growth based on data and feedback from previous evaluations.


“The Schools to Watch Redesignation is a reflection of the strong community that exists both inside and outside of our building to challenge and grow our students,” Principal Stephanie Huckabee said. “This is a valuable process that helps show us how to best use our resources to provide a developmentally responsive middle level experience for all of our students at Chapin Middle School. I'm so proud of our community, students and staff.” 


In 2006, South Carolina became a state Schools to Watch state by the National Forum to replicate the Schools to Watch program as a way to identify high-performing middle grades schools to serve as models of excellence for other schools. Currently, 17 states are involved in this school reform and recognition initiative. The program is sponsored by the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education and the Center for Educational Partnerships and the South Carolina Middle Grades Initiative.