Trent Middle School is a National School to Watch!

Jan 28, 2020

National School to Watch Logo.Trent Middle School has been named a Texas School to Watch! as part of a national recognition program by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP). 

Trent Middle School joins eight other Texas campuses that recently earned this honor. 

Trent was visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students and parents after an intense application process. The team also analyzed achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons and student work. 

State leaders selected Trent Middle School for its academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure and processes.

Principal Shawn Perry is looking forward to celebrating this honor at an upcoming pep rally with the campus.

“I like to brag about how “reTRENTless” we are and how we define ourselves by our tremendous efforts,” Perry said. “It is an honor to have the Trent staff, parents and students recognized on a state and national level for their hard work. It would not be possible without all of the District support services that support us."  

Trent Middle School is also recognized for its strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. 

“We congratulate Principal Perry and his staff, students and parents for being a campus that does great things for all of their students,” said Billy Pringle, state director for Schools to Watch in Texas and TASSP Associate Executive Director for Middle-Level Services. “This school has demonstrated that a high-performing middle school is a place that focuses on academic growth and achievement.”

“Trent Middle School is a place that recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of all students and ensures that every child has access to a challenging high-quality education.” 

Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated. The award is not just about achievements, it’s also about continuous improvement. 

Trent Middle School will be recognized in Austin at the Making Middle School Matter Symposium hosted by TASSP in March. They will be recognized nationally in Washington D.C. at the National Forum Schools to Watch Conference in June. 

Click here for a full list of Texas Schools to Watch.

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