AMLE Schools of Distinction
AMLE is on a mission to recognize schools committed to continuous improvement and the characteristics of successful middle grades schools
AMLE Schools of Distinction is both a recognition and continuous improvement program open to any school that educates students aged 10-15. Schools will be celebrated for their commitment to the middle grades best practices outlined in AMLE’s foundational text, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe, while also being guided through a process of self-assessment and strategic vision setting to help foster ongoing growth and success. The program aims to:
- Recognize and celebrate schools that are committed to implementing the essential attributes and characteristics of successful middle grades schools.
- Provide ALL schools that support young adolescents with the resources to support their continuous improvement journeys.
- Create a network of schools that can learn from and support each other.
- Highlight for our communities the exceptional work that takes place every day in middle level education.
Here’s How it Works
AMLE Schools of Distinction Process and Annual Timeline
|Year round||Schools complete the required AMLE Successful Middle School Assessment and receive coach’s report.|
|By February 28||Yearly deadline to submit application to be recognized in that calendar year|
|March||Applicants are assigned an evaluation team|
|April – May||School evaluations are conducted by the AMLE evaluation team|
|By June 30||Schools are notified of the outcome of their application|
|August||Schools submit annual conference presentation proposals, if desired|
|November||Schools are recognized at a special ceremony at the AMLE Annual Conference|
Note that because the program emphasizes continuous improvement, schools will need to complete a new assessment and reapply for the distinction every four year.
Map Your Journey
P.s – Our program is still missing one vital component – a logo! We need the help of our creative middle school community to develop a logo for the AMLE Schools of Distinction program! This is an incredible opportunity to leave your mark on a program with international visibility. Learn more and submit by May 28, 2021.