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ERIC Number: EJ766892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Defining the Middle Ground
Perry, Nicholas
Principal Leadership, v5 n5 p34-38 Jan 2005
The Neshannock Township School District, which is located in New Castle, Pennsylvania, approximately 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, has a student population of approximately 1,300 students in grades K-12, and the junior/senior high school is housed in a single building with 50 highly competent and veteran teachers. Historically, the students in the school district are high achievers. Nearly 100% of senior class graduate from the district every year. The graduates are accepted into some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country. The AP scores are consistently high every year. Yet with all of these successes, some people felt there were changes that needed to be made. No one seemed to have the time or the energy to devote to the middle level students. A philosophical change needed to take place in the district. Here, the author discusses how the district created an age and developmentally appropriate community for the adolescent population that was separate from the general school population. The Neshannock Township School District is taking a proactive approach to educating its staff members, students, and community about best practices for the education of adolescents. Through developmentally appropriate teaching methods and age-appropriate programming, the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of the students are nurtured.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania