The Kansas City Public Schools is working in partnership with parents, community members, and its employee team to renovate and reopen two middle schools in the fall of 2014. More than 400 seventh graders will attend Central Middle School and Northeast Middle School for the 2014-2015 school year. The schools will grow into seventh and eighth grades during the 2015-2016 school year.
This effort will provide facilities, teachers, programs and social supports needed to best improve student achievement for the “tween-age” population (students in grades 7 and 8).
What will be different this time?
The Kansas City Public Schools has implemented a middle school model in the past, so what is going to make it work this time?
- Input from stakeholders: Feedback from parent and community forums, as well as advisory council meetings
- 21st century learning environments: Learning spaces designed where students can collaborate, create, connect and communicate
- Alignment with AMLE: Programming choices aligned with recommendations from the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE)
- Personalized learning: Building relationships and assets in students by connecting with a caring adult
- Parent engagement: Parent will be provided multiple opportunities to partner with each school and have access to resources to assist the entire family
- Student success: Students equipped with essential skills to navigate the 21st century and be successful in high school, post-secondary education and life
Middle School Assignments and Boundaries
KCPS middle school assignments are based off feeder patterns where elementary schools feed into middle schools. This means that students who live within the same elementary school boundary will all attend the same middle school. The goal is to keep students together with their neighbors and classmates as they transition from elementary school to middle school, thus easing the transition to a new school setting and building relationships between the elementary school and middle school.