Characteristics of a Healthy Middle School
Link to our Mission & Belief Statements
"The focus on teaching and learning should drive changes in organization, governance, teacher preparation and professional development, culture and environment, and connections to parents and community." (p. 25)
Rigorous Curriculum - Teach a curriculum grounded in rigorous, public academic standards for what students should know and be able to do, relevant to the concerns of adolescents and based on how students learn best.
- Curriculum that is challenging, integrative, and exploratory
- Assessment and evaluation that promote learning
- High expectations for all
- Engaging Instruction - Use instructional methods designed to prepare all students to achieve higher standards and become life-long learners
- Varied teaching and learning approaches
- Flexible organizational structures
- Interdisciplinary teaming
- Knowledgeable Staff - Staff middle grades schools with teachers who are experts at teaching young adolescents, and engage teachers in ongoing, targeted professional development opportunities.
- Educators committed to young adolescents
- Continuous staff training in adolescent development
- Shared Community - Organize relationships for learning to create a climate of intellectual development and a caring community of shared educational purpose.
- A shared vision
- A positive school climate
- An adult advocate for every student
- Team Participation - Govern democratically, through direct or representative participation by all school staff members, the adults who know students best.
- All teachers represented through teams
- Building decisions made through advisory team
- Positive Environment - Provide a safe and healthy school environment as part of improving academic performance and developing caring and ethical citizens.
- Programs and policies that foster health, wellness, and safety
- Comprehensive guidance and support services
- Involved Stakeholders - Improve parents and communities in supporting student learning and healthy development.
- Family and community partnerships
- Open communication between school and stakeholders
- Active collection of stakeholder feedback