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Gemini Jr. High School becomes Gemini Middle School

After more than a year of visioning and planning with a diverse group of stakeholders (including students, teachers, and administrators), the existing Gemini Junior High School is experiencing a transformation. As a Junior High, the focus is on introducing students to high school life. The Jr. High had classes and curriculum that mirrored the High School model. The building was arranged by department, with focused curriculum and academic instruction.

So, what will the difference between the Jr. High and the Middle School be? The goal for the transformation is to create a new school dynamic “strategically and deliberately [focused] on pre-teens and their specific academic, emotional, social, and physical needs” (63 Success, June 2018). Rather than department, the new Middle School will be organized by team. Students will be a part of a cohort for their three years at the school. They will be supported by a consistent team of teachers focused on a “web of growth and learning.”

Phased progress at the school:

Over 38,000 square feet will be remodeled to align with the new curriculum. Additions of more than 66,000 square feet will allow the school to increase enrollment to more than 1,000 students.

  • The Library and Cafeteria will be expanded.
  • To encourage student health and well-being, there will be an upgraded Fitness Center.
  • Music and performance groups will be brought together in an Instrumental Music Suite. Here the design features optimal acoustics to prevent interruption of other classes.
  • Students interested in the performing arts will have the opportunity to further learn their craft in a theater-like Multi-Purpose Room with stage.
  • The administration area will move from the second floor to the first floor, providing a more secure and accessible visitor check in.
  • Parking will be increased to ease congestion.

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