The 50 best middle schools excel in teaching young minds, and they excel in teaching other schools what determined faculty, staff, and students can achieve. It takes the work of all three parties. What we can see in the 50 featured middle schools is that running an effective, healthy organization, whose population is predominately made up of twelve to fourteen year olds, does not have to be like herding cats until the final bell rings.
The middle schools on our list are outstanding! In other words, even if all other schools were thriving, these would most likely still stand out. They serve as examples for other schools. What these schools have in common is that they prepare students for high school, college, and life. Middle school is not just about academics. Middle school marks the beginning of the transitory time of evolving from near-sighted children, to more far-sighted young adults. A student’s middle school years are amongst the most formable years of the student’s development.
Marks of success in academics tell us that students are positively responding to their circumstances, their teachers, and the challenges of grasping and utilizing information presented to them. A large part of their positive responses can be accredited to the environment created by skilled, determined, and caring faculty and staff. Everyone from the principal to the lunch lady matters in creating nurturing havens for education. A hardy Thanks and Congratulations goes out to the faculty and staff of these schools.
A hardy Thanks and Congratulations goes out to the students, too. In a way, it’s difficult to determine who’s riding whose coattails here. Do the students come hungry to learn, thereby opening the door to be taught, or do the faculty and staff penetrate barriers and get students excited to learn? Perhaps, both and neither, because it’s a synergistic power created here. The students, though, must be willing and able to accept what is being delivered to them. Where does that come from? Well, here you see where the circularity occurs.
“The 50 Best Middle Schools” is presented as a ranking article, but at the end of the day, the take away from such a ranking article isn’t whether a school was 30 or 31, 1 or 50. All 50 schools are nothing less than outstanding. They exemplify what can be achieved by determined faculty, staff, and students, regardless of the state of the education system on a national scale. That’s what we want to point to — the hard work and determination of all three parties making up these excellent schools, and what that produces.
Thanks, and Congratulations!
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