Middle School Philosophy

The Mattawan Middle School philosophy is based on the principle that, as a Middle School, we are a separate entity, possessing unique characteristics and programs.  Thus, it is our primary purpose to create a learning environment designed to meet the unique needs of our students.

The Middle School is an attitude as much as a place.  It is dedicated to providing a flexible and supportive educational climate for children in a transition period between elementary school and high school.  It is designed to facilitate and foster the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of children in grades 6, 7, and 8 during a period of particularly rapid change in their lives.

The Middle School provides an environment of order, consistency, understanding, and high expectations.  Programs and activities shall be child-centered, exploratory, experiential, and structured for success.  The staff of the Middle School will strive to prepare each child to be a responsible, independent learner as well as a responsible citizen of the school.

The Middle School staff recognizes that learning is a lifelong process.  To this end it is our goal that a student’s development during their Middle School years will provide them with the foundation for a fulfilling and productive life as effective participants in a democratic society.