Pelham Middle School is a community for learners.
We believe that all learners need to be rigorously challenged; that all learners need to be empowered with both the basic skills and the critical thinking ability that will enable them to become productive contributing members of a racially and culturally diverse, yet increasingly interdependent, world.
We believe in the value of both individual effort and group cooperation.
We believe that our school needs to be a safe, caring place of learning; a place that recognizes the unique value of each person who studies or works in our midst.
We want to build and continually nurture a school climate that recognizes the importance of serious work and fun too; a school climate that delights in the wonder, energy, and excitement of students in the middle grades of their public education.
As we transition students from elementary to high school, Pelham Middle School recognizes the uniqueness of early adolescence and is committed to providing a challenging learning environment in which students are motivated to expand intellectually; to develop socially, emotionally, and physically, and to recognize their obligations to their school and community.
Approximately 700 students in sixth through eighth grades attend the middle school. The average class size in major discipline areas is 24 students. Team teaching encourages collaboration, planning, and close student-teacher rapport.
Pelham Middle School is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School authorized to offer the Middle Years Programme. The Middle Years Programme guides teachers in developing a consistent, aligned curriculum that connects classroom concepts to other subjects and the world outside our walls; assessments that are authentic, set in real life contexts, and that promote positive attitudes towards learning; instruction that encourages inquiry, action, and reflection; and a philosophy that acknowledges the interconnectedness of our rapidly changing world and helps students embrace their role as guardians of our planet and future.
Both in and out of class, students are encouraged to demonstrate the IB Learner Profile Attributes: to be inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective.
Interdisciplinary, outdoor educational experiences such as our overnight trips to Sharpe Reservation in 7th grade and Frost Valley in 8th grade provide opportunities for application of real-life skills, team building, and exploration of the IB Learner Profile.
Study of world language begins in sixth grade. Students choose French, Italian, Mandarin, or Spanish. Students visit our Language Learning Center to enhance their listening and conversational skills.
Students study art each year and general music in sixth grade. They may also enroll in chorus, band, orchestra, or jazz band.
As part of our goal to prepare students for the rigors of high school, we provide additional reading and study skills classes for sixth graders, lab-based science classes in all three grades, and courses for high school credit (world language, Studio in Art, Earth Science, and Algebra) in eighth grade.
Our technology suite consists of 13 modular station which provide students with training in multiple technologies including biotechnology, electronics, digital music, meteorology, video, 3D design, and coding.
Counseling services are proactive with programs for students on a variety of academic and social issues. Counselors track student progress to make sure every child achieves to his or her potential. A social worker and psychologists are available for work with students.
Our special education services include departmentalized small classes, resource room, integrated co-teaching, English as a New Language, and speech and language as well as psychological services.
We offer a wide variety of after school clubs and activities including: 24 Club, Academic Triathlon, American Math Competition, Art Club, Chess and Strategy Game Club, Drama Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Forensics Speech , French Club, Living History Club, Makerspace Club, Mandarin Club, Margaret’s Place, Math Olympiad, Mindfulness Club, Morning Basketball , Mural Committee, National Geographic Bee, The Pelham Post, Pelham Middle School G.O., Pelham Cares, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, PMS Spelling Bee, STEAM Research Club, Tri-County Science Fair, Writers' Corner, Yearbook, and Youth to Youth.
Pelham P.R.I.D.E. is simply a collection of positive characteristics and behaviors that, we believe, will make our school an even better place for students to learn and grow into productive, happy young adults.
The acronym P.R.I.D.E. stands for a set of characteristics that all students should strive to meet. When students are prepared, respectful, involved and determined in all areas of school, the results areexcellent! Please become familiar with the behaviors associated with Pelham P.R.I.D.E.
Parents and students are encouraged to discuss what makes these behaviors desirable.