Traditional Middle Schools

  • Lakewood Middle (6-8)

    2119 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham NC 27707

    (919) 560-2894

    www.montessorimiddle.dpsnc.net

    Bell Schedule:  7:30 – 2:20

    Program Magnet

    Montessori

    The Montessori Middle School program focuses on community building and student leadership. The Montessori method of instruction is an internationally recognized instructional program.

    Features of the magnet school include:

    • All core teachers have earned or are currently working towards their Montessori teaching credentials
    • The instruction at Lakewood Montessori is centered around three pillars: academics, community, and self
    • Large uninterrupted blocks of work time to allow for independent, small group, and large group learning
    • Strong emphasis on community building in the classroom
    • Students will participate in service learning as a part of their classroom experiences

    Lottery Assignment Priorities

    Program Link for 5th grade applicants applying from Morehead and Watts Montessori Elementary Schools to Lakewood Montessori Middle, General Applicant Pool

    Transportation Services

    District-wide

     


    Lowes Grove Middle (6-8)

    4418 South Alston Avenue, Durham NC 27713

    (919) 560-3946

    www.lowesgrove.dpsnc.net

    Bell Schedule:  7:30 – 2:20

    Program Magnet

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - with a focus on technology)

    The magnet program at Lowe’s Grove provides opportunities for all students to experience highly engaging coursework in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with a special emphasis on the infusion of multiple technology tools and experiences.

    Features of the magnet school include:

    • Integration of multiple technologies such as 1:1 iPads to expand opportunities for learning and expose students to a variety of technology options
    • Students can take classes within the two STEM strands: Biotechnology and Agricultural Science and Business and Entrepreneurship
    • Students work in collaborative groups and use technology to solve problems and complete projects.
    • Partnerships with corporate and community experts in the fields of technology and engineering such as: UNC Chapel Hill NC Biotechnology Center, Fidelity, and Durham Soil and Conservation

    Lottery Assignment Priorities

    Students domiciled in the Lowes Grove attendance zone do not need to apply for a lottery seat - No lottery priorities

    Transportation Services

    District-wide Pathway Model - Students are transported by shuttle bus from their base school in the morning to the assigned school, and returned to the base school in the afternoon. Important note:  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the student’s base school.

     


    Neal Middle (6-8)

    201 Baptist Road, Durham NC 27704

    (919) 560-3955

    www.neal.dpsnc.net

    Bell Schedule:  7:30 – 2:35

    Program Magnet

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-with a focus on engineering and design)

    The magnet program at Neal provides opportunities for all students to experience highly engaging coursework in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with a special emphasis on the Engineering and Design.

    Features of the magnet school include:

    • Multiple coursework opportunities in STEM focus areas through Project Lead the Way elective courses: Science of Technology, Green Architecture, Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, and Medical Detectives
    • Integration of the Engineering and Design Process as a common  problem-solving strategy in STEM curriculum areas
    • Partnerships with corporate and community experts in the fields of STEM including: Lenovo, Cisco, Duke University among others
    • Partnering STEM program at Southern School of Energy and Sustainability for interested students to continue their pursuit of 21st century skills and college and career preparation during their high school years

    Lottery Assignment Priorities

    Students domiciled in the Neal Middle School attendance zone do not need to apply for a lottery seat – No lottery priorities

    Transportation Services

    District-wide Pathway Model - Students are transported by shuttle bus from their base school in the morning to the assigned school, and returned to the base school in the afternoon. Important note:  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the student’s base school.

     


    Shepard IB Middle Years Program (6-8)

    2401 Dakota Street, Durham, NC 27707

    (919) 560-3938

    www.shepard.dpsnc.net

    Bell Schedule:  7:40 – 2:30

    Program Magnet

    International Baccalaureate

    The IB-MYP is a high quality program of international course-work developed and authorized by world renowned International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). The IB Programme is designed to help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

    Features of the magnet school include:

    • Grades 6-8/years 1-3 of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and link to continuation of the MYP in grades 9-10/years 4-5 after 9-10 and to the Diploma Programme in grades 11-12
    • Aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who desire to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect
    • Students select Mandarin Chinese or Spanish to study with a high level of second language instruction provided through the IB MYP
    • To enhance the Individuals and Societies area of the IB education, students at Shepard may participate in the Law and Forensics Program
    • Partnerships with Duke University, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Biogen Pharmaceuticals, and other universities and businesses

    School with Assignment Priorities

    First Priority Program Link for 5th grade applicants applying from Burton IB to Shepard IB Magnet Middle School. Second Priority Program Link for 5th grade applicants applying from Club Blvd., R.N. Harris and Holt Elementary Schools, General Applicant Pool and Program Link for 8th grade Shepard IB applicants applying to Hillside IB

    Transportation Services

    District-wide