"Lake Oswego Middle school is a place where all members of the community relentlessly focus on learning."
This learning involves the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that help every student and every adult be productive members of the world.
The administration at Lake Oswego Middle School is strongly committed to a middle school philosophy that includes providing challenging academics, flexible schedules for core classes, trimester rather than semester schedules, student-led parent portfolio conferences, a variety of elective courses from which to choose, and a strong "no cut" after school sports program.
The school is administrated through a collaborative process with teacher leaders. Three grade level leaders and six curriculum leaders share in the governance of the school through bi-monthly leadership meetings and weekly team and PLC meetings. Parents participate through School Advisory Club and Parent Club.
A student voice is heard through our Student Council. It is our belief that an open process of decision making with input from multiple sources makes for better decisions.
Academics: All students take a core set of classes that include language arts, social studies, mathematics (grade 6 math through geometry), integrated science, health, and physical education.
Staff and students are divided into grade level teams. Each team is made up of core academic teachers plus several non-core teachers. Team building activities take many forms: half day activities, field trips, special assemblies, award and recognition activities, etc. Advisory classes meet at the end of the day to provide academic support, enrichment and culture building opportunities. We believe that this smaller learning community allows teachers and students to know and support one another. Each Thursday, from 3:15-4:15PM Grade Level and Department teams of teachers meet to discuss supporting students, coordinating calendars, planning upcoming activities, building interdisciplinary teaching units and other planning that will benefit their students.
Flexible schedules: Within the normal seven-period school day, there is flexibility for language art and social studies to combine classes for 100 minute periods rather than the single 50 minutes allocated because these classes are scheduled back to back. This allows teachers to take advantage of time to support instruction.