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Welcome to Ames Middle School

The learning environment and culture at Ames Middle School combine the expertise and caring attention of our staff to create opportunities for every student to succeed. We don’t just teach students and collect data about their progress, we get to know them so we understand the interventions that will keep them growing academically and socially.

We place a high priority on attendance, good behavior and academic standards, and so we equip students with skills that contribute to self-control and responsibility, we nurture mindsets that encourage students and promote positive outcomes, and we provide checks and balances throughout the school day that keep learning on a proactive course.

We appreciate the support of our parents and families. There are many ways parents and guardians can stay involved with their child’s learning experience at Ames Middle School—by staying in touch with teachers, keeping abreast of information in the Parent Portal, and by volunteering.

Our Philosophy

We believe

  • Ames Middle School students and staff have the responsibility to support a caring environment, promote a sense of belonging, and encourage learning experiences that develop self-esteem.
  • Ames Middle School staff have the responsibility to meet the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional needs of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.
  • The needs of Ames Middle School students are best met within small communities of learners.
  • Students and staff at Ames Middle School should respect the uniqueness of each individual and work cooperatively.
  • Parent and community involvement is integral to a successful school program.
  • Diverse teaching strategies empower teachers and students to create a flexible learning environment.
  • An interdisciplinary approach to instruction has great value.
  • Students should be encouraged to become responsible for their own behavior, learning, and citizenship in a democratic society in preparation for integration into the global community.
  • The Ames Middle School educational program emphasizes both the skills development and the understanding of the content necessary to promote lifelong learning.


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