☰ MENU

Middle School Redesign

link

Robbinsdale Area Schools is currently in the process of redesigning its middle schools. Based on the School Board's approval of recommendations from our Middle School Task Force, here are the goals of our redesign:

I. Sandburg will open as a third attendance area middle school (2016-17 planning year, 2017-18 implementation)

II. All Middle Schools will operate under a true middle school model. 
a. Small enough to allow for interaction and discussion related to social/emotional development
b. Allows for more advisory time
c. Lower student population would allow for lower student/counselor ratios (more personal learning experience for students)
d. As opposed to junior high school model, which aims to be a mini high school

III. Alignments
a. Plymouth Middle School remains programmatically aligned to Armstrong High School
b. Robbinsdale Middle School remains programmatically aligned to Cooper High School
c. FAIR School Crystal remains Grade 4-8 arts integration school
d. Sandburg will adopt SpringBoard English to align with Advanced Placement (AP) programming

IV. SpringBoard English will be phased in:
a. Plymouth Middle School: 2016-17
b. Robbinsdale Middle School: 2017-18
c. FAIR School Crystal: 2017-18
d. Sandburg Middle School: 2017-18

V. All middle school magnet programs will remain in their current facilities
a. Spanish Immersion Program remains co-located at Plymouth Middle School
b. STEAM middle school magnet (matriculating from School of Engineering and Arts) remains co-located at Robbinsdale Middle School
c. FAIR middle school magnet will remain at FAIR School Crystal. FAIR Crystal will add kindergarten beginning in 2016-17, and grades 1-3 by 2019-20.

VI. Spanish Immersion
a. Immersion program will remain at Plymouth Middle School
i. Immersion courses will continue to be offered in reading, science and social studies
b. Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School will remain a feeder school for Plymouth Middle School

VII. Boundaries
a. Click here to view a map of the middle school boundaries b. These boundaries:
• Reduce enrollment at Plymouth and Robbinsdale within planning target ranges
• Keep neighborhoods together
• Generally keep elementary schools together as middle school feeders
• Generally keep middle schools together as high school feeders
• Improve current differences in student demographics between middle schools
• Move a minimal number of students to achieve desired results
• Provide for more efficient transportation routes

The Middle School Academic Task Force will be facilitated by Dr. Lori Simon, Executive Director of Academics and Elementary Schools, and Michael Favor, Executive Director of Student Services and Secondary Schools. The work of this task force will be conducted within four committees (steering, teaching and learning, student, and parent /community).
The Superintendent's Early Childhood Advisory Group will be facilitated by Dr. Monica Potter, Director of Early Childhood Family Education, and Tricia Hughes, Director of Special Education. Members of this group include parents from each early childhood education program and special education program, as well as appropriate staff members. The community is invited to provide input at a community focus group that will be held next week:
The Superintendent's Early Childhood Advisory Group will be facilitated by Dr. Monica Potter, Director of Early Childhood Family Education, and Tricia Hughes, Director of Special Education. Members of this group include parents from each early childhood education program and special education program, as well as appropriate staff members. The community is invited to provide input at a community focus group that will be held next week:
The Superintendent's Early Childhood Advisory Group will be facilitated by Dr. Monica Potter, Director of Early Childhood Family Education, and Tricia Hughes, Director of Special Education. Members of this group include parents from each early childhood education program and special education program, as well as appropriate staff members. The community is invited to provide input at a community focus group that will be held next week:
The Superintendent's Early Childhood Advisory Group will be facilitated by Dr. Monica Potter, Director of Early Childhood Family Education, and Tricia Hughes, Director of Special Education. Members of this group include parents from each early childhood education program and special education program, as well as appropriate staff members. The community is invited to provide input at a community focus group that will be held next week: