Eisenhower Junior High in Granite School District and Tonaquint Intermediate School in Washington District received national recognition Friday for being top-notch schools nationwide.

The two schools were named Utah's Schools to Watch, a program that was initiated in fall 2006 at the invitation of the National Middle School Association and the National Forum, as recognition of the dedication of thousands of middle-level educators in Utah.

Each of the schools demonstrates academic excellence, a responsiveness to the developmental needs of young adolescents and a commitment to fostering success for all students, the recognition said.

The purpose of the Schools to Watch program is to recognize schools that, by virtue of quality programs and practices, are impacting student achievement and making a positive difference in the lives of children ages 10 to 15.

Selected schools are invited to participate in conferences and workshops and serve as models for visitors.