Designing Middle Schools

We're excited to offer a middle school experience for our students beginning in 2017-2018 at Oak-Land Middle School and Stillwater Middle School.

Teachers, administrators and support staff are working to design a middle school program that will offer our students the very best in academic, social and emotional support and personalized learning. See the Middle School Overview presentation.

“The middle school years are a unique time in each child’s life as they transition to adolescence and adulthood,” said Eric VanScoy, Stillwater Junior High principal. “During this time it is critical we create an environment that is attentive to their social, emotional and academic needs.”

Students are the center of new middle school design
The middle school transition team is committed to developing schools that allow students to explore a variety of interests, and to do so in hands-on and engaging ways. Unlike the junior highs, which are focused on and organized around content areas, the middle schools will focus on the academic, social and emotional needs of the students.

The middle school philosophy is about providing students with more opportunities to explore their interests and passions in each subject throughout their day. Whenever possible, subject areas (like science and art or social studies and math) will be integrated to provide relevant, real-world experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

Relationships are another cornerstone of the middle school philosophy.  Our students will build relationships with their teachers and peers while acquiring skills such as self-advocacy, organization, time management, communication, and effective study strategies.

Why middle schools?
In a middle school sixth-grade students will have access to incredible opportunities that do not exist for them in elementary schools.
  • Middle school will allow for more specialization of instruction with teachers that are uniquely licensed and trained in content areas such as science, math, language arts, and social studies. 
  • Students will also have access to science labs, art studios, music rooms and other learning spaces designed to support their learning. 
  • The middle school model will allow more access for students to take elective opportunities, enrichment programming, and differentiation for accelerated or below grade level students. 
  • The middle school model also aligns with state standards, which are written for students in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Junior High Philosophy

Middle School Philosophy

Academic focus

Whole child focus 
(academic, social and emotional)

Department focus

Grade level focus

Course-specific learning

Interdisciplinary learning

Middle School Registration

Registration for middle school will take place in January 2017.