The New England League of Middle Schools announced today that Amherst Middle School, Amherst, NH was rewed as a NELMS Spotlight School for a three-year period, 2020-2023. According to Kathleen Hill, NELMS Spotlight Schools Coordinator, “The school was renewed because of its ability to create an excellent learning environment for young adolescents and its consistent observance of middle school best practices.”
Criteria for the award included a review of curriculum and instruction, qualified middle level teachers, teaming practices, professional development, democratic governance, leadership, appropriate school environment and the level of involvement of parents and community. NELMS reviewers were very impressed with the excellence that was evident during the site visit. Permeating the culture and the environment of the school is the deep concern for and understanding of the young adolescents they serve.
The school will be acknowledged at NELMS’ Annual Conference, March 9-10, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island. Amherst Middle School is one of only seven Spotlight Schools in New Hampshire and twenty-seven in New England to be so designated by NELMS.