Arcade Fundamental Middle School is an Open Enrollment school, with students coming from all corners of the district, and for good reason.
Parents choose to enroll their students at Arcade to provide them access to a strong academic curriculum with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education in a structured environment. Arcade offers STEAM programming with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics while focusing on collaboration, inquiry, and process-based learning. All Arcade students, regardless of their elective class, participate in our yearly STEAM Week and may attend our Open House/STEAM Family Night. In addition to STEAM classes, Arcade also has a strong music program and art program, so there are options for students with a variety of interests. Our elective offerings include Media, STEAM, Art and Advanced Art, Beginning and Advanced Band (with opportunities to join Jazz Band or Choir Club), Exploration, Student Government (StudGov), and English Language Development (ELD). Arcade’s ELD program supports students in becoming bilingual and reclassifying as “Fluent English Proficient” before matriculating to high school.
An integral part of Arcade's academic program is the flexible class period called GO Period, which stands for "Growth and Opportunity" Period. GO Period allows teachers to better meet the needs of students, providing both intervention and extension activities. During GO Period, students rotate back to their content classes for needed intervention in standards or skills necessary for success in the class. Students who are not in need of intervention are offered enrichment activities, so they can extend their understanding of the content. GO Period also allows for Arcade staff to provide common, targeted lessons to all students around social-emotional learning topics, goal setting, and school-wide behavior expectations.
Arcade has many programs to help support students in their transition to middle school as well as socially and emotionally. Our Where Everybody Belongs (W.E.B) Program partners incoming 6th graders with 8th-grade mentors. Incoming 6th graders participate in a summer orientation and are invited to other activities with their mentors throughout the school year. Through our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Program, we encourage our students to exhibit “Spartan Strong” behaviors, including being safe, kind, and responsible. We also have a robust support staff for students, which includes two school counselors, two social workers, a School Community Intervention Assistant, a School Community Resource Assistant, and a School Community Specialist.
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