A Day at IDEAL Middle School

  • The IDEAL SCHOOL of Advanced Learning provides the correct balance of nurture and challenge for enthusiastic, inquisitive middle school students, from field trips, Skype experiences, guest experts to service learning, class productions, and interdisciplinary design projects ( S.T.E.A.M.), our brain research based innovative program is designed to ensure the 21st century learner excels in academics and life.

    The IDEAL carline begins at 7:40am.

    Each child and family will be greeted with a smile by a teacher or third grade safety patroller

    IDEAL Middle students begin their enchanting day at 8:00 am and end at 3:00 pm.

  • Students and parents experience entry, especially on Fridays like no other! Imagine a “Fabulous Friday” arriving at school with everyone outside, music playing, teachers on the roof dancing and enchanting joy all around. We celebrate the week’s accomplishments with our students and end of our week with a “Parking Lot Party” type fanfare. Middle School students in Student Government also assist with leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance and Flash Mobs to entertain the Elementary students and staff.

    Awaiting “in the moment”, at the entrance door of the beautiful “Dream” Auditorium will be several of our gifted and nurturing, Middle School teachers. Each child will enter this “Responsive Classroom” setting to a sincere greeting or hug from one or more of the teachers. At this time, students will be able to unpack, visit lockers to get books and materials for the day as well as visit with friends.

    Note: The IDEAL Responsive Classroom and practices are built on the fundamental belief that every growing person is driven by the need to belong, to feel that their presence is important, and to participate in playful engaging experiences. Establishing a democratic classroom that focuses on the developmental social and emotional needs of our students is fundamental to the creation of self-regulation in children.

    Walking into an IDEAL Responsive Classroom on any given day, you will see the enchanting effect of these central principles in a variety of ways; from the teachers choice of positive words, to active modeling of expectations, to collaborative choice, and student- owned approach to classroom rules and conduct. The IDEAL teaching team models and inspires our students with the C.A.R.E.S. approach: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Regulation. These principles are nurtured within our students every day in every IDEAL SCHOOL learning experience.

  • On Mondays and Wednesdays, students will begin with Emotional Intelligence time as a group in the “Dream” auditorium also known as “WSUP”. Middle School WSUP Meetings provide a forum for disseminating information and solving problems; it is a place where student voices are heard. WSUP Meetings provide students with information of upcoming events and community service opportunities.  In addition, students’ extra-curricular activities are showcased here.  Students are encouraged to share their out of school accomplishments with their peers and Teachers.

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will experience EI time in a more intimate setting through their Homerooms. EI Time is devoted to building relationships with students, exploring emotions and being mindful. Teachers use a variety of tools and resources (Literature, music, YouTube) to facilitate discussions and foster experiences that develop emotional awareness of self and others.

  • After experiencing EI time, Middle School students will have an opportunity to attend Study Hall. Middle School students have Study Hall and Tutorial periods during the school week in which they can get individual help from subject Teachers. Study Hall Tutorials are opportunities to receive specific support and improve understanding for subject matter, especially for those students who need additional assistance.

    At 8:30 am, the middle school students begin their academic studies. On a rotation, each student experiences a 40-minute period of core academic subjects including Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Spanish. With the exception of Spanish, all core classes experience a double period, block scheduling with Math and Language Arts daily. Students transition from class to class in a very calm, pleasant fashion with spa-genre music playing in the hallways of the beautiful Dream building. When transitioning from the Science Lab on the second floor to the Language Arts classroom on the first floor, the students have the exciting opportunity to ride the Dream Slide. Yes, there is a 20-ft long tube slide with disco lights and music connecting these two classrooms! In the middle of the morning, all students will have the opportunity for a snack break and socialization with their peers. Please review the Curriculum Overview section for details regarding the specific subject areas.

    After completing the morning academic studies at 12:40pm, Middle School students will enjoy “fine dining” in the auditorium. This relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere is perfect for socializing with friends in any middle school grade. School appropriate music is playing and students often break out into song and even play the piano to serenade the group. Students can either pack a balanced, nutritious lunch or participate in our school catered lunch program at their convenience.

    On Fridays, Middle School students will have the opportunity to participate in Off-Campus Lunch. Off Campus lunch is a privilege your child may enjoy as he/she walks to nearby restaurants in the adjacent shopping center with peers and teachers and participates in a fine dining experience in a restaurant setting. 

    The afternoon continues with Co-Curriculars (Physical Education 2x’s a week), Art,  WIT Wheel Rotations (Project-based Learning) or EQ and IQ Electives (i.e. Guitar, Glee Club, Forensics, Hip Hop, Sign Language, Painting and Sculpture, Fashion Design, Yoga, Health & Fitness).

  • The IDEAL Middle School student day ends with an end of day reflection and dismissal through the car line or an after school club or sport activity. The students may participate in After School Clubs which are different and separate from the Aftercare Program.  The Clubs are organized and instructed by professionals in the specific field (i.e. Art, Rock Band, Sports Teams, Theater, etc.).  Students will have the opportunity to enroll and participate in these scheduled programs throughout the year.