Middle School Schedule



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Wednesdays are similar in set up, but include a late start to school (8:40)



Ted Sizer, an educator and education reformer, once stated that every student in any school ought to have at least one adult that knows him/her well. The standard he cited was that the adult should be able to write a comprehensive essay that says something of significance about the student’s interests, aspirations, aptitudes, and educational and life goals. The Mt. Ararat Middle School Advisor Group Program serves to assure that such an adult exists for each student. 

Almost every member of the professional staff is assigned a group of students that are grouped by grade level. Each school day starts with a twenty minute Advisor Group meeting. Some of this time is allocated to morning announcements, and other administrative tasks. The primary purpose of this time, however, is for the Advisor to create a familial setting that gives each advisee a sense of belonging. 

The purposes of the Mt. Ararat Middle School Advisor Group are:

  • Each student has at least one positive relationship with an adult at school.
  • Each student will have an increased sense of school community and connectedness.
  • The Advisor will be an important advocate for each of his/her students.
  • The Advisor will facilitate communication between home and school, as well as help the student navigate through their academic learning goals.
  • Each student will develop important social and resiliency skills as he/she moves into his/her teenage years.


As a part of our Response to Intervention (RTI) plan, the school’s schedule includes a period for every student called Target Time. During this period, teachers focus on increasing student achievement by assigning instruction based on the need for structured and direct support for students not meeting standards in reading or math. Teachers will be actively engaged, working with students during this time. Chorus and Band are also scheduled during these periods. Students in Chorus and/or Band will need to meet curriculum standards or teachers will be expected to intervene. During the first two weeks of school, all students and all teachers will participate in presentations and discussions about expectations.

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