At the Barstow Middle School, it is our hope that the students will remember the significant impacts their teachers made on their overall development of mind , body and character. Our teachers encourage students to believe in themselves and to attain new academic heights.
Our middle school students are successful because they have teachers who have made a conscious choice to work with young adolescents. Barstow teachers enjoy being with young people and understand the developmental uniqueness of this age group. In our school, building positive relationships is paramount. The teachers are inspired each day by the students and continue to create a rich and challenging curriculum, which sparks student engagement. Incorporating technology into the classroom and remaining on the cutting edge of instruction and child development have strengthened our program.
Balancing our curriculum with experimental education and investing in time spent in the natural world through our Outdoor Education Initiative has proven essential for our students’ physical and emotional wellbeing. High expectations for every member of the learning community are the secret of our success. We know that students are capable of amazing feats. Recognizing that our students are curious and concerned about the world and their place in it, we have streamlined our curriculum to initiate curiosity and to develop service opportunities.
Students thrive when they engage in genuine activities that make a difference in their school , community and world. We have created an inviting, supportive and safe community. Students sign the” Caring Community Pledge” and agree to interact respectfully with each other. They are taught that mistakes are a healthy way to learn appropriate behavior and poor choices are never acceptable, but they are always forgivable. Learning to communicate their feelings and to work towards a mutually acceptable solution is a lifelong skill. This restorative justice concept enables students to transcend their mistakes and mend the harm they may have caused to themselves and others.
At The Barstow School, all middle school students will take these core classes: Math, English, Writer's Workshop, World Language, Science, and Geography/History.
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Head of the Middle School