The Middle School years are a time of tremendous academic, emotional, and physical growth. Our students undergo major brain development throughout these years, and it is essential that we provide a challenging and compassionate learning environment to support this growth.
WHAT WE DO:
Facilitate partnerships with students, parents, and teachers to create a positive learning environment that promotes learning and discovery.
Design programs to provide students with service learning and community service opportunities
Engage students in identifying and solving problems in their community and the larger context
Hire teachers who are keenly aware of the needs of young adolescents and have the training, enthusiasm, and expertise to work with Middle School students!
When appropriately challenged, Middle Schoolers rise to meet the expectations of their teachers, coaches, and mentors. To ensure an engaging program, we offer students a rich selection of courses that will provide opportunities to explore their interests and challenge them to reach new academic heights.
Required Courses: English/Language Arts, Humanities, Math, Science, Physical Education, Music/Art/Drama, Design, Future Ready and Spanish A (fluent speakers) or Spanish B (acquiring fluency)
Enrichment Options: Students may also explore the Arts more deeply through courses in Strings, Band, Music, Art and Drama.
Advisory: What is Middle School advisory?
Advisory’s main purpose is to meet the unique social and emotional needs of adolescent students in middle school.The program is designed to support and guide students in the areas of:
Managing and understanding emotions
Inclusion and FDR’s core values
Developing a growth mindset
What are the goals of advisory?
Creating a sense of community
Building positive relationships
Deepening an understanding of the habits that support learning
Developing a stronger sense of self to allow each student to be their “best self” (from RULER™)
What is the model of delivery for advisory?
Each day begins with a 25 minute advisory period with a group size that is smaller than academic classes. The lessons are intentional and organized while allowing for group discussions and flexibility. Students engage in discussion and activities to accomplish the goals and objectives of Advisory.
Be a Condor! Soar high!
MS ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Middle School Principal
Alex Lopez Barton Middle School Associate Principal