Applications are accepted on an annual basis.

The deadline for the 2017 designation is November 18, 2016.

GVMSUse the Self Rating Rubric to facilitate your school’s reflection prior to the application completion process. This self-study rubric contains the criteria of best practices required for being identified as a School to Watch. This rubric can promote staff reflection and support the continuous improvement process for any middle grades school.

If after analyzing your school in relation to these criteria, you believe you have the evidence in place to be designated as a School to Watch, we invite you to submit an application following the procedures described below.

If you are Re-designating as a School to Watch use the Schools to Watch Redesignation Procedures packet. Re-designation deadline to return the application is October 18, 2017.

To be considered for Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch designation, read through the procedures and complete the 4 components of the total application package:


  1. Schools to Watch Data Page (download)
  2. Schools to Watch Evidence of Criteria Page (download)
  3. School to Watch Online Rubric/Survey (read below)
  4. 3-5 Minute Video about your School (send with your application)

Prior to the application deadline, your all staff in your school must complete an Online School to Watch Self-Study Rubric. In order to activate the online rubric, you must provide the following information. You will receive notification within 1-2 days with the login and passwords you need to complete the rubric.

Fill out this form below to initiate the Online School to Watch Self-Study Rubric with your Staff

If you have any questions related to the application process, please contact Diane Lauer, the state director.

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