The Middle School Model

  • Saint Paul Public Schools is committed to providing a successful middle school model that supports students during a key transition time in their lives. We believe that our young adolescents deserve a middle school experience that is developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering and equitable. The refined middle school model will roll out to our Phase 1 sites (K-8 schools and 6-8 middle schools) beginning in the 2019-20 school year.

    In the middle school model, teachers in core subject areas collaborate as a team to meet the social-emotional and academic needs of a common group of students and includes:

    • Grades 6-8
    • Student-centered teaching
    • Seven periods with electives, and a Foundations Advisory class
  • Core Subjects (Science, Math, Reading/Writing, Social Studies)


Middle School Model Explained

    • Teachers from four core subject areas (math, science, reading/writing and social studies) instruct the same group of students throughout the school day.
    • Teachers, counselors, social workers, and support staff work together to provide students with lessons that help them navigate peer conflict, friendships, bullying, stress and anxiety.
    • Academics include challenging core and elective courses and college and career readiness programming.
    • Every student is supported for who they are and who they hope to become by honoring and celebrating their culture, race/ethnicity and gender.
    • Middle schools will strengthen English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum that expands Writer’s Workshop to 6th grade.
    • Middle school schedules will be adjusted to a seven-period day to allow time for flexible scheduling, electives and a whole class period for the Foundations Advisory class.

Junior High Model

  • Saint Paul Public Schools no longer uses the junior high model due to its limitations. For example, teachers often work independently with different groups of students throughout the day and only includes:

    • Grades 7-8
    • Subject-centered teaching
    • Six periods with limited electives
  • Core Subjects (Science, Math, Reading/Writing, Social Studies)

    Junior High

Model Overview