Salem-Keizer Public Schools has 11 traditional middle schools and two charter middle schools educating approximately 9,300 students. Our district vision is to prepare each and every student for high school graduation and beyond. The middle school mission supports this vision, by focusing on preparing students academically, emotionally and socially, so that they may succeed in high school.
The beliefs and values that drive our decisions include:
Each of our 11 traditional middle schools is focused on improving student achievement through instructional practices outlined in our district Strategic Plan, which is directly tied to each school’s comprehensive school improvement plan. With a clear roadmap in place to support student learning, we are able to be strategic in how we support student learning.
In 2013-2014 middle schools across Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be implementing Common Core State Standards across all content areas. These college and career standards will ramp up the level of rigor in all classes, promote critical thinking and problem-solving and establish literacy as a focus in every classroom. Best practices for differentiation, including supports for our English language learners and special education students will continue to be emphasized.
All 11 of our traditional middle schools offer AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), which is designed to support college readiness. AVID’s teaching strategies are used not only in the AVID elective class, but by subject area teachers schoolwide. Some AVID strategies include, Cornell Notes, Socratic seminar, Philosophical Chairs and interactive notebooks. Students benefit from instructional strategies that encourage critical thinking.
Energy and excitement can be felt in every Salem-Keizer middle school! For more information about specific schools, you can visit the school websites.