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Middle School Pathways | Ignite Discovery

We ignite the interests and passions in each student​ to explore the world around them.

District 191 middle schools will reflect the research-based characteristics of a true middle school model, while also aligning directly with the high school pathways model. Middle school is a place to ignite passion and discovery in students, preparing them to blaze their own path in high school and beyond. 

We will provide systems to support unique social-emotional needs and culture of young adolescents, as well as support advanced learners. Elective and exploratory classes will create an explicit bridge to Burnsville High School pathways. 

Middle School Characteristics 

Learning

  • Value unique needs of young adolescents
  • Active, purposeful learning
  • Rigorous curriculum
  • Multiple learning approaches
  • Varied assessments

Leadership

  • Shared vision between schools
  • Committed leaders
  • Courageous & collaborative leadership
  • Organization structures for purposeful learning & relationships
  • Ongoing professional development

Culture

  • Safe and inclusive school environment
  • Adult advocate for each student
  • Guidance & support services
  • Health & Wellness
  • Family Engagement
  • Community Partnerships

Implementing Middle School Pathways

Year 1: 2020-2021 Implementation

  • Schedule redesign
  • AVID for Advisory
  • WIN time linked to math and ELA blocks
  • Pathways alignment of exploratory and electives
  • Transition and orientation programs for incoming Gr 6 & outgoing Gr 8
  • SEL program implementation

Year 2: 2021-2022 Implementation

  • Restorative practices expansion
  • Project-based learning - entrepreneurship: training and planning
  • Next Generation Science Standards implementation