OPPORTUNITIES AT PELHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL

OPPORTUNITIES AT PELHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL

 
As a transition from elementary to high school, the Pelham Middle School recognizes the uniqueness of early adolescence and is committed to providing a challenging learning environment in which students are motivated to expand intellectually, to develop socially, emotionally and physically, and to recognize their obligations to their school and community.  

Approximately 600 students in sixth through eighth grades attend the Middle School. Team teaching encourages close student- teacher rapport. Average class size in major discipline areas is 24.  

At Pelham Middle School:  

  • Interdisciplinary, outdoor  education such as a study of the Clear Water in 6th grade,  Sharpe Reservation in 7th grade, and Frost Valley in 8thgrade as well as cross discipline studies involving, for example, design and engineering in math, science and technology are offered for all students.
  • As part of the school's goal to prepare students for high school, all sixth graders participate in a study-skills program and all eighth graders take Earth Science. Sixth through eighth grade science classes are lab-based.
  • Study of foreign language begins in seventh grade and includes a choice of French, Italian, Latin, or Spanish. Weekly classes in the new Language Learning Center enhance listening and conversational skills.
  • Students take a semester of art at each grade level and music in sixth and seventh grades. Advanced study in art in 8th grade is also available for qualified students. They may also enroll in classes in chorus, band, jazz band, and orchestra.
  • A technology suite contains 13 modular stations which provide students with an understanding of and training in multiple uses of technology, from biotechnology and electronics to digital music and meteorology. The seventh and eighth grade programs are consistent with state standards. All classrooms are networked. Eighth grade students must demonstrate specific computer skills through electronic portfolios.
  • Accelerated classes in math in seventh grade and honors English, social studies, science  in eighth grade are offered.  
  • Guidance services are pro-active with programs for students and parents on both academic and social issues. Counselors track student progress to ensure that every child achieves to his or her potential. A social worker works with middle school students. Networking groups for parents take place monthly.  
  • Special Education services include departmentalized special classes and resource room, English as a Second Language, and speech and language as well as psychological services.  
  • After school clubs include an audio visual club, jazz band, newspaper club, drama club, math club, an academic triathlon, and SADD