Congratulations, Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham! You’re a source of good news and pride to the Township on at least two recent recognitions.
(1) Cedarbrook’s MATHCOUNTS team won 1st place in the county-wide tournament, qualifying it to compete at the State level.
(2) The school has again achieved the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch designation. That means Cedarbrook is considered an exemplary middle school according to 37 criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, in partnership with Pennsylvania Department of Education, National Associations of Elementary and Secondary Schools Principals, and others. The criteria include rigorous measures of academic excellence, responsiveness to needs of adolescent learners, program implementation and school organization. In addition to self-assessment and reporting, applicant schools are reviewed by state evaluation teams.
Cedarbrook Principal Iris Parker noted that the evaluation committee cited more than a dozen specific accomplishments or areas of strength or growth leading to the school’s re-designation. Among them is integrated learning across subjects –interdisciplinary work – and writing across all areas of the curriculum in order to promote effective writing. Additional examples of model programs include Teachers and Community Tutors (TACT) to improve student learning and how effectively the school employs technology to enhance instruction and achievement.
It’s appealing to live in a community that prioritizes excellence and continually strives for improvement and leadership.