• National Middle School Association believes................
     
    Successful schools for young adolescents are characterized by a culture that includes:
    • Educators who value working with this age group and are prepared to do so
    • Courageous, collaborative leadership
    • A shared vision that guides decisions
    • An inviting, supportive, and safe environment
    • High expectations for every member of the learning community
    • Students and teachers engaged in active learning
    • An adult advocate for every student
    • School-initiated family and community partnerships
    Therefore, successful schools for young adolescents provide:
    • Curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory
    • Multiple learning and teaching approaches that respond to their diversity
    • Assessment and evaluation programs that promote quality learning
    • Organizational structures that support meaningful relationships and learning
    • School-wide efforts and policies that foster health, wellness, and safety
    • Multifaceted guidance and support services