Loudoun Leads Nation on Schools to Watch List

J. Lupton Simpson Middle School in Leesburg has been added to Loudoun County Public Schools’ growing list of national Schools to Watch.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform’s program recognizes high-performing middle schools. Loudoun has had 14 schools named Schools to Watch, the most of any school system in the country.

“You guys are leading the pack,” Sandy Dutemple, from Virginia Schools to Watch, said. She announced the county’s latest schools to receive the honor during the Loudoun County School Board meeting Tuesday. “We only have 44 in Virginia, and just over 400 in the United States.”

This is the first year Simpson Middle School earned the designation. Five other middle schools were re-designated as Schools to Watch: Eagle Ridge, Farmwell Station, Harper Park, River Bend, J. Lupton Simpson and Sterling.

“You have so many wonderful things going on here, and most of it’s happening in the middle whether you know it or not,” Dutemple said. “These people take these bundles of energy every day and help them find their way in a very confusing world.”

The Schools to Watch designation are reviewed every three years, requiring the staff at the schools to self-assess and re-evaluate their practices.


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