North Kansas City Schools has five middle schools: Antioch, Eastgate, Maple Park, New Mark and Northgate -- all of which house grades 6-8. The district middle schools originally were built as junior high schools, comprised of grades 7-8.
It wasn't until the 1979-1980 school year, during which the district underwent a major reorganization of its schools due to declining enrollment, that North Kansas City Schools followed a national trend to move away from junior high schools and embraced, instead, a middle school concept and renamed all five schools as middle schools.
Middle schools are organized around a "team" concept, addressing the unique needs of early adolescents. To meet this age group's social, physical and emotional needs, teams led by a group of two to four teachers are created. Teacher teams work together teaching core subjects of science, math, language arts and social studies. Each team is clustered in nearby classrooms and sees the same group of students daily.
Students move within these classrooms through the school day, and attend encore classes of Art, ELL, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Modern Language, PE/Health, Speech and Technology for Life elsewhere in the building.