Welcome to Schutz Middle School

“At no other time in the life cycle are the changes of finding one’s self and losing one’s self so closely aligned.” By Erik Erikson.

Our Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 with approximate class sizes between 18 and 20 students. Our Middle School philosophy is based on knowledge of the young adolescent and designed to meet the academic, social, emotional, and physical developmental needs of young adolescents.

Our Middle School faculty is dedicated to fostering students’ curiosity, skill development, and desire to learn, while helping them cope with the challenges of being 11 to 14 years old. Our faculty and school leaders take into account the unique nature of their students and keep that nature at the heart of their decision-making.

Its supportive, passionate, caring, and positive family ethos characterize the Middle School with high expectations for both academic achievement and behavior, and an emphasis on the positive self concept.

The foundation of our Middle School is based on knowledge of the young adolescent. Other than from birth to age three, 10-15 year-olds are experiencing the most rapid, significant changes of their lives—changes that are physical, social, emotional, and cognitive in nature.

At Schutz, we recognize that:

  1. Students are seeking new levels of independence and can be highly peer centered.
  2. Changes students are experiencing affect their thinking and behavior.
  3. Each young adolescent is maturing on his or her own timeline.

This understanding of young adolescent development also affects decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Our Middle School educational programs are founded on the following four pillars:

Developmentally responsive: using the distinctive nature of young adolescents as the foundation upon which all decisions about school organization, policies, curriculum, instruction, and assessment are made.

Challenging: ensuring that every student learns and every member of the learning community is held to high expectations.

Empowering: providing all students with the knowledge and skills they need to take responsibility for their lives, to address life’s challenges, to function successfully at all levels of society, and to be creators of knowledge.

Equitable: advocating for and ensuring every student’s right to learn and providing appropriately challenging and relevant learning opportunities for every student.