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National recognition

Barrington Middle School-Prairie Campus has been named a 2020 “School to Watch” as part of a recognition and improvement program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

BMS-Prairie is among just nine exemplary middle schools in Illinois to earn the recognition. BMS-Prairie was selected for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, each school selected has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.

"I am so proud of our entire Prairie Campus community,” said Principal Travis Lobbins. This work began two years ago when we invested in a new vision for Prairie which encompasses student engagement, exploration, and empowerment. We embraced the Schools To Watch experience as something, regardless of the end result, that would put us on a path of continued excellence. The staff at Prairie are at the heart of this award. The high level of professionalism and commitment they provide our students, and community, on a daily basis continues to prepare our students for a better future. I'm so honored to be the principal of Prairie Campus, where we are afforded the ability to do this work in such an amazing community that values education and partnerships."

Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grades schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding specialized criteria developed by the Forum. Click here to see the full list of schools recognized in 2020.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades.