Teaching and Learning at the Middle School
(Grades 6-8)

Paul Cuffee School Middle School nurtures the development of individuals within a vibrant and supportive community of learners. We provide a rigorous curriculum focused on the development of independent, critical thinkers and involved citizens.

Each student has a home base, or advisory, with one of his or her core-subject teachers. Students come to advisory first thing in the morning to hand in homework, get ready for the day, and have a morning meeting. Once a week, students have “wellness” in their advisories, during which they participate in activities aimed at teaching community building, conflict resolution, healthy choices, and other areas affecting health and well-being. The advisor serves as the student’s primary advocate and communicator between home and school.

The teaching staff is organized into grade-level teams who teach only grade 6, 7, or 8. This allows those teachers to work closely together to support one group of students.

The curriculum and grading at the Middle School are designed to help students succeed in meeting state and school standards of achievement.



Average Class Size: 20
Current Enrollment: 820
Students of Color: 96%
Female Students: 51%
Male Students: 49%
Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligibility: 82%
Multi-Language Learners: 19%
Students Receiving Special Education Services: 13%
Total Employees: 168
BIPOC: 45%
Female Employees: 75%
Male Employees: 25%