Boyd County Middle School
- Community: Northeast Kentucky on West Virginia border, mostly rural
- Enrollment: 728
- Grade levels: 6-8
- School schedule: Eight-period day
- Professional learning community (PLC) meetings are used to focus on struggling students and those in need of more time.
- Common assessments have been developed and are used in some areas and grade levels.
- Students are provided multiple ways to show their learning (e.g. PowerPoints, character cubes, projects, films).
- A computer lab is open each morning before school and staffed with a teacher for student use.
- Teaming is at the heart of the school and is used to develop a personalized learning community for all students.
- Sixth-grade students adopt 5th-grade pen pals from the elementary schools, and the students exchange information about the middle school through letters.
- A designated area for socializing has been established in the lunchroom.
- The school’s Prime Time program is focused on students having a small-group experience and building a relationship with an adult.
- Special education teachers are included on teams.
- A card system that allows for three marks before disciplinary action is taken has been used effectively.
- Many special activities are offered to encourage family involvement in the school (e.g., family nights, team breakfasts, holiday programs, science nights, orientation night).
- The principal attends team meetings once a week and meets regularly with team leaders.
- A day treatment class is available at the school and provides guidance and support for assigned students.
- Two paperless classrooms have been established.
- Professional development is matched to teachers’ Professional Growth Plans.