West Middle School is a thriving community that supports learning for middle grades students at the West Campus in Colorado Springs School District 11. The West Campus is a building with a long and storied history, dating back to 1924, and has been an integral part of the Westside Community and Old Colorado City for over 90 years. It is fitting that this incredible school has been awarded the distinction of being a 2019 Colorado School to Watch!
The West school community is relentless in ensuring that all children have access to effective instructional strategies and challenging academic content. The staff continually strives to prepare children for the challenges of tomorrow. They believe that lifelong learners require a dynamic learning environment to thrive! To ensure this happens West faculty work collaboratively to provide plentiful problem-solving opportunities which are systematically infused across the content, giving students embedded opportunities to critically think and search for creative solutions. Teachers at West meet regularly to collaborate and determine next best learning opportunities for students whether it be additional support or advanced challenge.
West offer programs to meet the needs of diverse learners, these include robust supports and programming for gifted learners and those for whom English is a second language. All students have access to a broad range of activities including art, music (choir, band, and orchestra), physical education for all students and applied engineering & technology, through the Gateway to Technology program as well as the college-prep AVID program to ensure that all students meet their greatest potential.
Before and after school clubs and activities abound at West Middle School. These provide opportunities for students to participate academically, athletically, and socially. Students can participate in Lego League Robotics, Boat Regatta, Science Olympiad, Cave of the Wind’s Future Problem Solvers, and Girl’s Law Day just to share a few.
West’s “small school atmosphere” is said to be “the best kept secret on the Westside”. West Middle School is a model learning environment for any child in the middle grades.