Lopez Middle School

Creating a Climate for Success in Middle School

Middle school is a time of change, challenge, and opportunity for young people. Addressing this directly, we strive to create a culture of collaboration, inclusion, and respect where students’ strengths are recognized and their contributions are valued.

Unlike most urban settings where middle and high school students attend separate schools, our students in grades 6-12 eat lunch together, walk halls together and even share some classes. In this environment, middle schoolers feel safe and valued, and high schoolers cultivate maturity by developing multi-age friendships. The collaboration strengthens the academic climate and bolsters students' interpersonal skills.

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Middle school academics are challenging and standards are high. Science and social studies are offered on grade level; math placement is by accomplishment, and literacy is taught in grades 6–8.

Lopez School also offers plenty of extra-curricular activities for youth including music, robotics, and sports for middles schoolers. No matter where a child is at, they are met where they are with something to engage them beyond academics.

Furthermore, honoring the full spectrum of learning styles, we take students off campus often. While outings vary by year, recent trips to Western Washington University, the International Children's Festival in Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum and a homeless shelter in Mt. Vernon offered powerful insights. Students also went mountain snowshoeing.

Reinforcing school-wide themes of collaboration, understanding and support, our middle school ends the year with school trips.

Learn more about:

Middle School Faculty

Secondary Learning Improvement Plan

OSPI Report Card
Web link for OSPI Improvement Framework

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