The administration, faculty, staff, students, and community of the ACS Athens Middle School are devoted to academic achievement and individual growth for every child. We all strive to maintain a supportive environment where respect for individual differences and rights of others guide our behavior.
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are going through a stage of rapid change in mental, physical, social, and emotional development. Based on the needs of children experiencing these changes, our program and staff:
- Provide an appropriate, child-centered educational experience that actively engages students in the acquisition of basic skills, knowledge, and concepts and contributes to the development of higher order thinking. It helps students understand the connections between learning and life.
- Engage students in a wide range of formal cognitive and experiential learning opportunities, including hands-on exploratory courses in the arts, physical education, and modern language.
- Encourage each student to develop a positive self-image through frequent opportunities for success, while recognizing the influence of peer pressure. This enables students to develop responsibility and self-control through opportunities for participating in decision-making in a variety of ways. We promote confidence in self and respect for others by involving students with each other in structured and unstructured ways.
- Respond sensitively to the widely fluctuating needs of individuals by giving personalized attention to each student’s needs, structuring learning environments to respect individual differences, and providing a variety of informal learning activities for students.
- Differentiate learning to accommodate a variety of learning styles and needs.
Always, in making school decisions that affect students, the development of the whole child during this unique stage in life is our primary concern.