Policies and Regulations → Section I → IE → Organization of Instruction
Last revised: June 26, 2017
The middle years are pivotal in defining each child’s academic, social, and emotional development and determining their future success. As such, the Board of Education is committed to producing a challenging and comprehensive middle school program that provides the basis for continuous improvement in teaching and learning. Such a program includes high expectations for academic achievement for all students and an environment supportive of the social, emotional, and physical development of students in Grades 6, 7, and 8.
Middle school is an opportunity for students to develop confidence, competence, and independent decision-making skills in a culture that supports students being willing to challenge themselves academically and explore their interests. With a rigorous curriculum, instruction designed for adolescents, and extracurricular activities, the middle school program can maximize success for students as they prepare for rigorous high school standards and the transitions to high school, postsecondary education, and the world of work.
Parents and families are the primary stakeholders in each child’s academic achievement; and the Board considers partnerships with parents, families, and the community vital components of the educational process. It recognizes that enhancing and maintaining such partnerships, particularly with groups reflecting the diversity of the community, is an effective way to promote academic achievement as well as support the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of students in their middle learning years.