Middle School 2.0
Marin Primary & Middle School is excited to share its plans for a new, enhanced middle school program and expanded sixth through eighth grade classes, beginning with a larger sixth grade class in the 2016-2017 school year.
After careful study with input from educational experts around the country, MP&MS has embarked on these plans with a focus on:
- Increasing the overall size of our middle school by 15 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades over the next three years.
- Restructuring our program and schedule to provide flexibility and support for the dynamic academic curriculum.
- Incorporating innovative curriculum with a focus on 21st century skills to complement our robust program of core academic and specialist classes.
- New and efficient spaces with the flexibility to meet the needs of – and foster collaboration between – middle school students and teachers.
Students will benefit from a larger group of peers in academic and social/emotional areas with 45 students per grade level and approximately 15 students per class in the critical sixth, seventh, and eighth grade years. We will maintain our low student teacher ratio and focus on community throughout this transition.
We will increase enrollment in the sixth grade in the fall of 2016, with the larger class moving to seventh and eighth grade in the following years. Fifth grade will remain at its current size as the transition class into middle school.
Middle School 2.0 Overview
MP&MS’ new middle school model will provide:
- Support and structure for an academic program with greater depth in humanities, science, math, and enhanced specialist classes.
- A schedule that most effectively uses time and space to best serve our students.
- A culture that supports the most important aspects of our middle school as a place where students are known as learners and as people, and where they are encouraged to take risks and learn about themselves through their work with perceptive and talented teachers.
- A new science lab to enhance science opportunities and support emerging initiatives in science, technology, art, engineering and mathematics (STEAM).
- Greater diversity within a larger group of students (diversity of interests and personalities as well as gender, culture, ethnicity, family structure, sexual orientation, and other areas).
- An overall program designed to prepare our students for the next steps in their educational lives, in high school and beyond.
Please email Donna Fanfelle or call her at 415-413-9044 with questions or for more information.