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Baker teachers and staff came together to find ways to help more students succeed. They set a bold goal for themselves to become the first school in the country to have their entire staff National Board certified. By challenging themselves to improve their craft and deepen their knowledge, teachers are starting to see improvement in student achievement. This prestigious certification is akin to the certifications that doctors and lawyers receive. It takes at least a year to earn National Board certification and only teachers with three years of classroom experience are eligible. So far, half the Baker staff earned certification with the others still in process. Additionally, programs such as the Bulldog Center after school provides students with healthy activities and academic support.
Bryant Montessori is Tacoma’s only public, pre-school through the eighth-grade Montessori program—and one of the few in Washington. Montessori is an educational approach that emphasizes self-directed learning. Classrooms are mixed age, with grades 6-8 together. Students work uninterrupted for long periods of time on tasks they choose from a range of options with the teacher facilitating progress. The approach aims to cultivate concentration, leadership, self-motivation and a sense of community. Middle school students also complete 36 hours of community service and participate in field studies.
First Creek Middle School
Due to building capacity, First Creek is closed to choice enrollment at this time.
First Creek creates a smooth transition from elementary to middle school. Sixth Grade students have two core teachers a day and longer blocks of class time. This promotes strong relationships between students and teachers in a supportive and nurturing environment. By eighth grade students are in a more traditional middle school class model preparing them for their high school transition. Additionally, community partner organizations provide wrap-around services onsite to help students and their families. The goal is to remove obstacles to student achievement while providing a central point for services. This includes counseling for mental health and drug and alcohol issues, parent support groups, staff-student mentor groups, college preparatory programs and several youth enrichment clubs. This blend of academic rigor and family support helps students develop the academic skills and character traits to become college-and-career-ready.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program at Giaudrone Middle School consists of eight integrated subject groups. Students are required to study at least two languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education, and technology. A sense of ownership and responsibility for education is exactly what Giaudrone aims to cultivate with the school’s adoption of the IB program. The challenging curriculum encourages students to make connections between subjects and the real world. After students leave Giaudrone, they have the option of continuing their IB education at Foss IB World School.
Gray Middle School’s mission is to prepare and cultivate the potential of every student for college and career by providing a challenging curriculum that connects students’ lives and their futures in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment. Teachers and staff make extra effort to acknowledge and honor student achievement and good citizenship. There are four key values Gray Middle School continually teaches, models and emphasizes. These values are referred to as “The Pilot Way.” Like the points on a compass, it will always guide students in the right direction. Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind is “The Pilot Way!” Gray also has a strong partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, providing students and families with quality and convenient afterschool programs throughout the school year and summer.
Moving ignites learning. Thrive at Jason Lee is a new innovative school located in Jason Lee. At Thrive brain science research is used to combine fitness, education, and health to improve student achievement. Classrooms are active, rigorous and fun places to learn. Thrive's first class of sixth-grade students begins in the 2017-2018 school year.
Admissions and enrollment applications for the 2018-2019 school year will open in October 2017.
Meeker Middle School is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) school, preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century through innovation, collaboration, creativity and problem-solving. Meeker has incorporated technological and curriculum changes to the meet the evolving needs of students and the workforce. Students are encouraged to find creative solutions to problems in all classes and advisory lessons. Meeker also offers an ongoing exchange program with a school in Invercargill, New Zealand.
Due to building capacity, Mason is closed to choice enrollment at this time.
Mason Middle School promotes a safe, successful and rigorous academic community for diverse learners. Research-based learning strategies are continually adjusted to improve student performance and the instructional program. Teachers and staff create an environment that has a clear, articulated focus for student achievement providing a structured and developmentally appropriate curriculum. The staff strives for excellence as they work collaboratively and collegially toward goals set in the district and building initiatives.
Truman Middle School Truman Middle School sets high expectations for all students by increasing rigor through the strong “good habits” program, being part of a college-going culture and by interacting with staff that challenge and support them. Parents and community partners help Truman improve academic achievement and citizenship by their active participation in school life. Truman’s mission is to inspire integrity through teamwork and the promotion of academic excellence by nurturing relationships and sharing ideas that support a safe and civil learning experience for all.
Due to building capacity, Wainwright is closed to choice enrollment at this time.
For the 2017 – 2018 school year Wainwright will have grades fourth to seventh, adding a grade each year until 2018 – 2019 school year when the school will be fourth through eighth with a maximum of 450 students.
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