At Avonworth Middle School, our approach to education is
guided by four key qualities that will best prepare our students
to thrive in today’s world:
*Knowledge & Thinking:
Developed using the college readiness assessment research of
Stanford University's S.C.A.L.E division, this outcome expresses
the key knowledge and thinking skills needed to move all students
toward college readiness in each core discipline.
Substantial evidence suggests that writing is not only a key skill that
students need in nearly any career or college pathway, but the act of
writing can also help students develop important and transferable thinking
skills such as analysis, inference, logic, and rhetoric.
Students not only need to be able to communicate and defend their ideas
orally, but also develop confidence as public speakers.
To have agency is to have ownership over one's own learning, using a growth
mindset to improve in any area through effort, feedback, and practice.
Influenced heavily by the research of Carol Dweck and Camille Farrington,
the agency outcome reflects the skills needed to effectively navigate the world
as a lifelong learner.
Students need to know how to work well with others, whether it's in
partnership, as a small team or a large group setting.
Our school’s curriculum cultivates these qualities by focusing
on deeper learning experiences that challenge students to
build on basics of literacy and numeracy and apply what
they’ve learned. This approach allows us to meet and exceed
the standards of middle school education.
Students at Avonworth Middle School are graded based on
core learning outcomes related to the qualities we seek to
develop in every student.
Meeting standards and covering content are still the most
important part of a student’s grade, while other outcomes
allow for a more well-rounded assessment of learning.
The school day begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 2:55 PM.
The schedule includes nine modules, called “mods” for short.
Some core subjects like English Language Arts/World Cultures are
integratated and taught in “double mods” that allow more time for
learning and personalized attention for every student.
Specials are short courses that rotate every six weeks, exposing students
to a greater variety of subjects and opportunities to pursue learning
that appeals to their interests.
Avonworth Middle School uses a learning management system (LMS) called Echo.
Teachers use Echo to organize classroom instruction, track student progress, and share
documents and resources with both students and families.
Parents use Echo to stay up to date on what’s happening in school, check in on their
student’s progress, and view grades and assessments over the course of the school year.