What Should I Know About Rigorous Programming
at Plymouth Middle School?
Plymouth Middle School’s programming is based on three important premises.
· PMS embraces Robbinsdale’s Unified District Vision which articulates the belief that all students can perform at rigorous academic levels.
· As a school, we can prepare all students for high intellectual performance by starting the development of skills and knowledge as early as possible.
· Adolescent learners have unique academic, social, emotional, and physical needs.
At Plymouth Middle School, we believe all our students can perform at rigorous academic levels.
The instructional methods used in all classrooms at Plymouth Middle School provide rigorous academic challenges for each and every student. By situating learning in their lives and increasing their voice, all students engage and perform at high levels. Vertical alignment of curriculum helps prepare all students for the challenges of Advanced Placement and other rigorous courses at the high school level.
How Does the Programming at PMS Align With Advanced Placement?
According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The rigor of the curriculum is the most significant predictor of academic success and post-secondary education completion.” One measure of our successful preparation of students is their pursuit of, and success in, rigorous courses in high school. In 2015, Robbinsdale Armstrong students took over 1333 Advanced Placement exams in 18 subject areas. Of those exams, 786 resulted in scores which potentially earned students college credit.
Teachers from PMS and AHS have received training from The College Board, the national organization which developed the Advanced Placement® Program. Teachers from both schools collaborate in content-specific vertical teams to discuss, write, and align curriculum to ensure students’ successes from one level to the next.
Teachers from both schools also receive extensive training through NUA (National Urban Alliance) and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), in literacy and instructional design to support all learners in achieving success in the rigorous classroom.