ERIC Number: ED316958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Middle Schools in the Making: A Lesson in Restructuring. A Joint Study.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Virginia Education Association, Richmond.
Educators and policymakers are beginning to realize that students aged 10 through 14 are not well served by the "miniature high school" atmosphere of the typical junior high school, where the primary emphasis is placed on academic achievement in departmentalized course offerings. A program that is student-centered and that better responds to the unique social and learning needs of preadolescents is more appropriate. In response to a recommendation from the Governor's Commission on Excellence in Education, the Virginia Department of Education developed a 4-year (1988-92) plan that permitted individual schools to determine, within guidelines, the most effective organizational plan and instructional methods for their students. Chronicled within this document are the experiences of chosen core committees from Monelison Junior High School in Amherst County and Prince Edward Middle School in Prince Edward County as they worked with their faculties and administrators to redesign their schools' organization and programs and begin the transition to true middle schools. Additionally, the responses to 15 open-ended questions of the committee members regarding their experiences during the first year of restructuring are included. The Virginia Department of Education goals for middle school program design and the 15-item project description form are appended. (105 references) (KM)
Descriptors: Educational Development, Institutional Mission, Instructional Program Divisions, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Preadolescents, School Organization, Student Development
Publications, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Virginia Education Association, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia