CMS Beliefs

Culpeper Middle School embraces the beliefs of the National Middle School Association*.  The National Middle School Association believes successful schools for young adolescents are characterized by a culture that includes the following:

  • 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 partnerships.

  • 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.

*Available From National Middle School Association

This We Believe: Successful Schools for Young Adolescents (2003)

Research and Resources in Support of This We Believe (2003)