The National Center for Educational Achievement has recognized Monticello Middle School as a 2011 NCEA Higher Performing School in mathematics growth.

The Higher Performing Schools are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years (growth) and/or absolute student achievement using the school’s advanced performance results on the spring 2010 Arkansas  Benchmark Examinations.

NCEA’s higher performing methodology controls for school and student demographics to allow for an apples-to-apples comparison of school achievement and to demonstrate that with the commitment of educators, all schools can have success. NCEA provided award certificates to each Higher Performing School and the district.