Turning Points 2000 Design Elements
"Ensure Success for Every Student"

This We Believe Characteristics
1. Teaching a curriculum grounded in standards, relevant to adolescents' concerns, and based on how students learn best; and use a mix of assessment methods.

2. Use Instructional methods that prepare all students to achieve high standards.

3. Organize relationships for learning.

4. Govern democratically, involving all school staff members.

5. Staff middle grades schools with teachers who are expert at teaching young adolescents, and engage teachers in ongoing professional development.

6. Provide a safe and healthy school environment.

7. Involved parents and communities in supporting student learning and healthy development.

National Middle School Association BELIEVES.....
SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS for young adolescent are characterized by a culture that includes
  • Educators who value working with this age group and are prepared to do so
  • Courageous, collaborative leadership
  • A shared vision that guides decisions
  • An inviting, supportive, and safe environment
  • High expectations for every member of the learning community
  • Students and teachers engaged in active learning
  • An adult advocate for every student
  • School-initiated family and community partnership.
THEREFORE, successful schools for young adolescents PROVIDE
  • Curriculum that is relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory
  • Multiple learning and teaching approaches that respond to their diversity
  • Assessment and evaluation programs that promote quality learning
  • Organizational structures that support meaningful relationships and learning
  • School-wide efforts and policies that foster health, wellness, and safety
  • Multifaceted guidance and support services.