Dover Area MIDDLE School
Middle Level Education: What We Value and Believe
The middle school years serve as the “bridge” between the elementary and high school levels; not only must our middle schools reinforce what students have learned while in elementary school, they must build upon this base and provide students with a solid foundation for their ninth-grade experiences when they enter high school. At Dover, we believe our middle school can and must aspire to achieve goals beyond merely preparing students to enter high school, for middle school is a time of tremendous personal growth for early adolescents.
The National Middle School Association (2005) identified seven Key Developmental Needs of early adolescents (10-15 years of age):
- Positive social interactions with adults / peers
- Structure and clear limits
- Competence and achievement
- Creative expression
- Physical activity
- Meaningful participation in families and school
- Communities and opportunities for self- definition
Dover Area Middle School strives to:
- Challenge all students academically with instruction that poses high expectations for all and which is responsive to the individual differences and needs of students.
- Help students to build the positive self-image needed to gain confidence in establishing and keeping relationships with peers and adults.
- Provide students with diverse, developmentally appropriate experiences in and out of the classroom to promote healthy physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth.
- Provide students with leadership and role modeling intended to help them develop respect for themselves and for people from different backgrounds and cultures.
- Help students to develop the effective decision- making and personal management skills needed to become responsible young adults.
- Help students to realize that learning, both academic and non-academic, is a process that can lead to professionally and personally rewarding experiences throughout life.