Curriculum and Instruction

Congratulations: 2017 Essential Elements - Schools-to-Watch

The New York State Department of Education in partnership with the New York State Middle School Association, and the Statewide Network of Middle Level Liaisons announces the 12th cohort of exemplary schools serving middle grades students. The Essential Elements Schools to Watch program is a state administered national program that seeks to identify middle grades schools that adhere to a rigorous set of criteria and are on a pathway of continuous improvement. Each school earning the designation holds that honor for 3 years then must reapply and be reevaluated to continue the honor of calling itself a School to Watch. New York is proud designate five schools; two new schools, two schools being designated for the third time, and one school designated for the fourth time. All of these remarkable middle schools are dedicated to the young adolescents they serve, and maintain a commitment to remain on a trajectory of improvement while implementing the Regents Policy on Middle Level Education, and the seven Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle School.

2017 Newly Identified Essential Elements: Schools to Watch

Ada M. Cosgrove Middle School
Ned Dale, Principal
Spencerport, NY

Memorial Junior High School
Bret Strauss, Principal
Valley Stream, NY

2017 Schools Re-Designated for the Second Time
(Originally Designated in 2011)
Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School
Chris Shield, Principal
Port Washington, NY

Garden City Middle School
Peter Osroff, Principal
Garden City, NY

2017 School Re-Designated for the Third Time
(Originally Designated in 2008)
Pioneer Middle School
Melissa Prorok, Principal
Yorkshire, NY

For more information on the Essential Elements Schools-to-Watch Program at both the State and National Level, visit:

Last Updated: February 27, 2017