The Indiana Middle Level Education Association (IMLEA), state office for Schools to Watch, and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, is proud to announce that IPS Center for Inquiry School 84 has been designated as an Indiana “School to Watch.”

CFI 84 Named a "School to Watch" by IMLEA

Center for Inquiry School 84 middle school students and staff are excited to earn the designation as one of 13 Indiana “Schools to Watch”. This is a state and national recognition for an exemplary middle school. Administrators, teachers and students celebrated the achievement on Friday, September 7, with a school-wide assembly.  

“The number one thing that makes our school special and the word I always think of when I think of CFI is “community”, said CFI 84 Principal Kathleen Miller. “Our school is absolutely a community of students, staff and parents and they’re all working together toward one mission and that’s to provide our kids with the best education possible.”

“Ie’s really an affirmation of the work we’ve done. Our students, staff and parents are amazing. To be affir 

Nationally, CFI 84 joins more than 430 middle level (grades 5 – 9) designated “Schools to Watch.” This designation requires a year-long process of completing the application and meeting all four domains of the “Schools to Watch” criteria, including Academic Excellence, Developmental Responsiveness, Social Equity, and Organizational Support and Processes with supporting evidence from their curriculum and schedule.

In addition, these schools become mentor schools statewide and nationally for any middle level schools who are seeking help as a school or in any of the criteria areas. These schools are prepared for visits and networking of any kind. IMLEA has trained more than 50 administrators and teachers in Indiana in the STW criteria so that they are prepared to review applications, participate in site visits, and mentor other IN middle schools. All “Schools to Watch” must go through re-designation every three years to ensure the continued validity of the designation.

CFI 84 Named "School to Watch" by IMLEA
CFI 84 Named "School to Watch" by IMLEA

For more information about the Schools to Watch program, go to the STW page on