• Our middle schools are designed for student success

    Academic Excellence. Responsive Instruction. Student Agency.

    Middle School Philosophy

    Kyrene engaged principals, teachers, students, families and community members in creating a vision for the future of Kyrene’s middle schools. Together, they completed a redesign of the middle school program with the objective of increasing achievement, to provide learning opportunities and support for all students, to continue the tradition of excellence in Kyrene and to encourage families in our community to choose Kyrene schools.
    The middle school program establishes consistency in academic excellence. 6th grade students receive their core instruction from a team of teachers who share the same group of students. 7th and 8th grades follow a more flexible model, allowing a team approach with access to different levels of exploratory options.

    Focus Areas

    • Academic Excellence
    • Responsive Instruction and Support
    • Student Agency 

    Opportunities for Advanced Learners

    Class placement is determined by a review of different measures including test scores, teacher recommendation and consultation with parents. Each Kyrene middle school offers opportunities for students identified as gifted as well as for advanced learners. Grade level and advanced classes are available in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. High school level courses in mathematics and Spanish are available to students who qualify.
    Leadership Options:


    Other Options

    Additional learning opportunities are available such as arts, dual language, traditional, international, leadership, college prep and gifted: Educational Options


    School and Program Locations

    Six middle schools are located in Tempe, Chandler and Ahwatukee (Phoenix) 

    A Day in a Kyrene Middle School

    The instructional day includes seven periods:
    • Four core subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
    • Two exploratory classes. Options include art, physical education, world languages (Spanish), chorus, band, orchestra, culinary arts
    • 4th period enrichment/re-teach rotation
    • 30-minute advisory period once a week
    • 30 minutes for lunch

    6th Grade Sample Schedule 


    Exploratory Options

    All middle schools offer a variety of exploratories including: art, physical education, world languages (Spanish) chorus, band, orchestra, STEM/multi-media and culinary arts/family consumer science.

    Extracurricular Activities

    Each Kyrene middle school offers students with opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities, such as National Junior Honor Society, yearbook, band and other activities which vary by school, but may include theatre, science/STEM and/or debate. All middle school students have opportunities in athletics through cut and non-cut sports and intramurals.

    Before/after School Programs

    Community Education and Outreach Services offers tuition based opportunities both before and after school. Activities include community service, homework, and unique hobby options.

    Parent Involvement

    Parents are encouraged to continue to be active participants in their child’s education. Our middle schools have many volunteer opportunities for parents and families. Each middle school has their own parent organization, Site Council and representatives on the Parent/Superintendent Council.
    Enrollment (available to any student who lives within or outside of the Kyrene District’s boundaries, pending space and program availability.)
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