Best Middle Schools in the United States

The years of middle school can be some of the toughest. Finding the right middle school can be even tougher. We’ve put together some of the best middle schools in the United States to help consolidate the options.

 

1. William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted:

Location: Dallas, TX

Accreditation: Ranked #1 middle school in Texas by “Children at Risk”, 2010. “School of Excellence” by Magnet Schools of America, 2007 & 2009.

Curriculum:

  • For students in 4th and 5th grade: Vanguard
  • For students in grades 6-8: Academy
  • Application only for admission.
  • Enrollment: 132 in Vanguard; 262 in Academy
  • Courses in language arts, fine arts, math, science, humanities, computer science, and foreign languages.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Each student participates in a ten-week after school program each semester.
  • Math and science competitions.
  • Middle school sports shared with neighboring school.
  • Involvement in drama, orchestra, band and art.

 
 

2. WM Diamond Middle School:

Location: Lexington, MA

Accreditation: One of two middle schools in Lexington, and a proud participant of the METCO program.

Curriculum:

  • Enrollment: 780; for students in grades 6-8
  • “Team System” where students have a consistent, small group of teachers for their main courses: math, science, english, and social studies.
  • World languages: French, Mandarin, and Chinese.
  • Optional courses: economics, journalism, speech & debate, etc.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Involvement in yearbook, student council and school newspaper.
  • Clubs and athletic after school programs.
  • Study abroad opportunities.

 
 

3. Jonas Clarke Middle School:

Location: Lexington, MA

Accreditation: “National Blue Ribbon School”, 2013.

Curriculum:

  • Enrollment: 864; for students in grades 6-8
  • Sister school to Diamond Middle School.
  • “Team System” where students have a consistent, small group of teachers for their main courses: math, science, english and social studies.
  • World languages: French, Mandarin, and Chinese.
  • Optional courses: economics, journalism, speech & debate, etc.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • After school clubs .
  • Athletics including baseball, soccer, softball, hockey, and others.
  • World Language Week

 
 

4. Stony Brook School:

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Curriculum:

  • “Team System” where students have a consistent, small group of teachers for their main courses: math, science, english, and social studies.
  • Courses in foreign languages and integrated arts.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Athletics including basketball, track, soccer, and wrestling.
  • Involvement in student leadership, student newspaper, and Stony Brook Theatre Arts.
  • After school REC club program.
  • Guidance counselors for each grade.

 
 

5. Northstar Middle School:

Location: KIrkland, WA

Accreditation: “Washington Achievement Award” by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2014. Northstar Middle School is one of Lake Washington’s first choice schools.

Curriculum:

  • Enrollment: 90; available for students in grades 6-8
  • 4 full time teachers.
  • Admission based on lottery for incoming 6th graders.
  • Classes are made up of mixed-grade levels.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Dances for students.
  • Chess Club
  • Guitar Circle

 
 

6. Lincoln Akerman Middle School:

Location: Hampton Falls, NH

Accreditation: Ranked 2nd in the state by schooldigger.com.

Curriculum:

  • Department of Information Technology to aid students with technology.
  • Enrollment: 160; for students in grades K through 8

 

Other Opportunities:

  • PTO program for parents, students and teachers alike – to collaborate and make improvements for the school.

 
 

7. Stowe Middle School:

Location: Stowe, VT

Accreditation: #4 in “Best Middle School in Vermont” by schooldigger.com.

Curriculum:

  • “Team System” where students have a consistent, small group of teachers for their main courses: math, science, english, and social studies.
  • Foreign language courses: Spanish, French, Chinese.
  • Other exploratory classes such as Life Skills or Technology.
  • For students in grades 6-8.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Music and drama programs.
  • Thorough athletic program with many different sports.
  • Free or discounted lunches.

 
 

8. Middlesex Middle School:

Location: Darien, CT

Accreditation: 10/10 middle school ranking by greatschools.org. #2 in “Best Middle School in Vermont” by schooldigger.com.

Curriculum:

  • For students in grades 6-8.
  • “Five Beliefs,” which are five standards that students and faculty adhere to.
  • Core classes for each grade.
  • Additional courses in healthy living, computers, foreign languages, and music exploration.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Involvement in student newspaper and yearbook.
  • Involvement in drama clubs and student council.
  • After school sports program.
  • Involvement in chorus, band, orchestra, etc.  

 
 

9. Summit Middle School:

Location: Boulder, CO

Accreditation: Three time “Blue Ribbon Award” recipient. Summit Middle School is also Boulder Valley’s first charter school.

Curriculum:

  • Tuition free charter school.
  • Available for students in grades 6-8.
  • Mixed-grade level courses .
  • Core classes including foreign languages.
  • Additional electives in music, health, and technology.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Many different club options including; Chess Club, ASL Club, Board Game Club, etc.
  • Athletic program with many sports including Nordic Skiing.

 
 

10. Maypearl Junior High School:

Location: Maypearl, TX

Curriculum:

  • Core Classes
  • AVID Program: bi-weekly tutoring for individual students, Socratic seminars, field trips, and philosophical chairs.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Band and Art Organizations
  • Jr. Honor Society
  • Counseling Resources
  • Athletic Programs

 
 

11. Stella Schola:

Location: Redmond, WA

Accreditation:Teachers inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, 2014.

Curriculum:

  • Available for students in grades 6-8.
  • Each class is based on a year-long historical theme for mastery learning.
  • Students have one teacher for 5 periods.
  • Large focus on classic literature and reading.
  • Required latin classes for students in grade 7 & 8.
  • Enrollment: around 90 students

 

Other Opportunities:

  • 3 school dances a year.
  • Involvement in the Chess or Ski club.
  • Involvement in district-wide athletics.
  • Family ice skating night.

 
 

12. Carmel Middle School:

Location: Carmel, IN

Accreditation: “Four Star School” by Indiana Department of Education. Accredited with the North Central Association Commission. “National Blue Ribbon School” in 2002 & 2007.

Curriculum:

  • Available for students in grades 6-9.
  • Focus on the core classes.
  • Each student participates in technology, world languages, and fitness classes.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Athletic Programs
  • School Clubs

 
 

13. Brentwood Middle School:

Location: Brentwood, TN

Accreditation: “National Blue Ribbon School” in 2006.  “Tennessee Reward School for Academic Achievement” in 2015.

Curriculum:

  • Available for students in grades 6-8.
  • Focus on core classes.
  • Foreign language courses.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • Model United Nations
  • Many different clubs to join such as the Chess Club, Bowling Club, and Ping Pong Club.
  • Thorough athletic program available.
  • Fine Arts program including: drama, chorus, media and video production, etc.

 
 

14. Riverwatch Middle School:

Location: Suwanee, GA

Accreditation: “State School Superintendent Award.” Gold and Silver distinctions for CRCT student performance.

Curriculum:

  • Focus on core classes.
  • “Connections” classes; students rotate through these classes every 9 weeks and take either fine arts, personal learning, or vocational courses.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • “Bring Your Own Technology,” where students can use their own technology in class.
  • School spelling and geography bees.
  • Athletic Program
  • Clubs such as: guitar club, Model United Nations, jazz club, etc.

 

15. Lakeland Junior High:

Location: Rathdrum, ID

Accreditation: 9/10 middle school rating by greatschools.org.

Curriculum:

  • Available for students in grades 7-8.
  • Focus on core classes.
  • Special keyboarding classes.
  • Exploratory elective courses in culinary arts, choir, robotics, outdoor activities, etc.

 

Other Opportunities:

  • “Hawk Haven;” a safe place where students get to associate with other students, and faculty in smaller groups through games and activities.
  • Seasonal athletic programs.