Manchester’s four middle schools cover grades 6-8. Students are assigned to teams of between 75 to 125 students and share a group of three or four core teachers for math, science, social studies, and language arts [formerly called English]. These core teachers work collaboratively on academic and social activities for the team.
     Students typically are admitted to the building at 7:35, weather permitting. All students are expected to be at school and in their classrooms by 7:45 AM. Some students may be admitted earlier for breakfast or other special programs. The daily schedule may vary from school to school but, in general, the day is divided into 45 minute periods or modules.

A typical day might look like this:
Period A – Band
Period B – Science
Homeroom/Channel One
Period C – Math
Lunch/Flex or Exploratory Period
Period D – Language Arts
Period F – Phys. Ed
Period G – Social Studies
Unified Arts: Middle school students have two periods per day devoted to unified arts. The disciplines included in the unified arts are:
Phys. Ed.
Materials Processing (woodshop)
Family and Consumer Science (home economics)
Tech. Ed.
General Music

     Students are assigned to two different unified arts classes each quarter. Students who participate in Band, String Orchestra, or Chorus receive daily instruction in these disciplines all year and the second unified arts period is dedicated to the rotating schedule.
     Sports and Clubs: Middle school students are provided with a variety of opportunities to participate in sports and clubs. Among the sports offered are cross-country running, basketball, volleyball, field hockey, and spring track. Clubs exist in the school based on the availability of club advisors. Typically, a school will have a Lego League robotics program, a yearbook committee, a community service club, and a student government. Some schools also have newspapers and drama clubs. The school website will have more information about what opportunities are available.
     Foreign languages: Students who excel in English Language Arts are given the opportunity to study a foreign language in 7th and 8th grade. Some schools offer French and others offer Spanish. Two years of study in middle school is the equivalent of one year at the high school level. A request is sent home with your child during 6th grade seeking applicants for the foreign language course. If your child has done very well in Language Arts, and you don’t see the note, call the school.
     Math: Students who have an aptitude for math may be placed in accelerated math classes. In 8th grade, students who have performed especially well in math may take an Algebra course. Students who do well in this class may skip Algebra 1 in their freshman year and take Geometry instead. Placement in the math classes is based on placement tests, classroom performance and teacher recommendations.
     Channel One: During homeroom students receive information and listen to daily announcements. They also watch a 12-minute newscast of the Channel One Network. Channel One is an affiliate of NBC news that broadcasts to 8,000 high schools and middle schools in the United States. The news is presented specifically to appeal to teens. Channel One provides the equipment for the classroom and makes their revenue through the advertising presented during their newscasts. They have won two Peabody Awards. For more information visit
     Exploratory or Flex period: Flex or exploratory is a period in which students are given supplemental work to improve or enrich their academic performance. Within this block of time, students may do some, or part of their homework, get extra help, or make up work. The teachers’ primary focus during this time period is to work with students on supplementary academic work, like improving reading, for example.

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