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McMath named one of seven Texas Schools to Watch

The Texas Middle Schools Association recently named Denton Independent School District’s McMath Middle School as one of just seven Texas Schools to Watch for 2015-16, bestowing the prestigious honor for the school’s academic excellence.

Each year, the Texas Schools to Watch list highlights high-performing schools that the program identifies as “academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable and structured for success.” Texas is one of only 19 states involved in the National Forum’s Schools to Watch program, which honors top middle schools from across the country.

Schools in the program are selected to serve as exemplars for other middle schools across the state and nation. As a member of the Texas Schools to Watch list, McMath will be used to teach academic best practices to other middle schools.

Dr. Debbie Nobles, McMath principal, said her school’s placement on the list serves as an affirmation of the work put in by teachers and staff.

“I am very proud of our school community for meeting the tough criteria to be recognized on the Texas Schools to Watch list, as this award is based on setting high expectations for our students and being sensitive to the unique developmental challenges for middle school children,” she said. “I am so grateful for the strong team we have here at McMath to support our fantastic kids.”

Dr. Nobles noted that the selection committee interviewed McMath students, parents, teachers and community members as part of the rigorous process. During its interviews, the Texas Middle Schools Association looks for evidence of a school being socially equitable and providing every student with high-quality teachers and support. Schools selected to the list must also demonstrate organizational structure that showcases a sense of purpose driving its decision-making process.

As part of McMath’s inclusion in the list, school administrators and teachers will visit Washington D.C. to share information about their campus and practices at the National Schools to Watch Conference.

For more information about the Texas Schools to Watch program, visit