Middle School (7-8)
North Kansas City Schools offers secondary education to students in grades 7-8 at four middle schools. Parents can learn more about middle school curriculum and planning for high school by using the Transitional Academic Guide for middle school and the Career Planning and Education Guide for high school students. The Transitional Academic Guide gives students in middle school information they will need as they embark on this next level of their school career.
Unlike elementary school classes, students in middle school are assigned to four-person teams. Students coming from district sixth grade centers will have had experience with the team concept at that level as well. The teams are interdisciplinary and integrate the four core subject areas of English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Each teacher on the team shares the same group of students and team teachers share a common conference and plan periods so they can meet together with parents, discuss objectives and instructional strategies and plan team activities. Classrooms are in close proximity and teams encourage a sense of community and belonging among the students, easing the transition from elementary to sixth grade to middle school.
At the middle school level, students have choice regarding more than a half dozen Encore classes, allowing students the opportunity to explore a variety of talents and interests. Choices (depending on whether student is a seventh or eighth grader) include AVID, Band, Communication Technology, English Language Learners (ELL), Health, Modern Languages, Orchestra, Physical Education, Project Lead The Way Automation and Robotics, Public Speaking and Theater, Technology Connect, Technology Literacy, Visual Arts and Vocal Music. See the Transitional Academic Guide for more information.
Seventh and eighth grade students have the opportunity to enroll in the Honors Curriculum available in English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Honors Curriculum enrollment is recognized on grade cards and on student transcripts. This Honors Curriculum is available at all middle schools. Level I Modern Language (French, German and Spanish) as well as Geometry are available to eighth grade students. See the Transitional Academic Guide for more information.