• 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. Learn more.

  • Middle School Model

    Middle School Model

    Review how the middle school model is different from, and superior to, the junior high model.

  • Foundations Advisory

    Foundations Advisory

    Foundations is an advisory class to help ease the transition for students from elementary to middle school.

  • Overview of Plan


    Learn more about the middle school model as designed by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).


    • Students have opportunities to experience exploratory classes that help students gain skills, have fun and pursue their interests.
    • Depending on the daily schedule, students may have opportunities for a different number of exploratory classes each semester/school year.
    • Classes typically include the arts, physical education, health and world languages.

Preparing for Middle School

    • Fifth grade students have the opportunity to visit the middle school they will attend next fall.
    • During the interactive visit, students learn about the expectations of middle school, experience fun activities all to help ease anxiety about next year.
    • Families are also invited to schedule a tour of the school and ask questions.
  • Strategic Plan