Crossett Middle School has is being nationally recognized. The school is one of 61 nationwide that has been selected as a Diamond School to Watch.
The honor is part of a program started by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The National Forum is an alliance of several associations, researchers, and educators all committed to promoting healthy development of middle-school students.
Crossett Middle School was chosen after a team of evaluators visited the city of Crossett and reviewed the school. The evaluators also watched the school in its daily activities and had unlimited access to parents, students and teachers.
After the visit, the team unanimously agreed that Crossett Middle School fully met criteria of high performing middle schools. The criterion focuses on three areas:
Academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity.
"It's very rewarding to receive such state and national recognition when you see day in and day out how hard the teachers work and how much they care," said Crossett Principal Lou Gregorio. "The culture of the school is very positive and constructive. The students enjoy attending school at Crossett, and the parents are very satisfied. There is a culture that makes this school work."
In June Crossett Middle School will be nationally recognized in Washington, D.C.