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Barker Road and Calkins Road Middle Schools Named “Schools to Watch”

Barker Road and Calkins Road Middle Schools were named 2021 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch for the fifth consecutive time by the New York State Education Department, in partnership with the New York State Middle School Association and the Statewide Network of Middle Level Liaisons. According to Regents Chancellor Lester Young, the recognition is awarded to exemplary schools that have “implemented strategies from diversity and inclusion initiatives to project-based learning so they can best serve their students.”

The Essential Elements: Schools to Watch honor is awarded every three years and recognizes schools that demonstrate continuous improvement and excel in the four domains of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structure. The designation is awarded to exceptional middle-level schools that meet rigorous criteria, are on a path of continuous improvement and highlight characteristics of high performing middle grade schools.