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Crossett Middle School


  • Designated in - 2013

  • Re-Designated in- 2016

  • Community Size - Rural Community of 5,504

  • School Enrollment - 535

  • Grade Levels - 5,6,7,8

  • School Calendar - A/B Block

  • Free and Reduced Lunch - 22.32% 

  • English Learners 1.87%

  • Students With Disabilities 3.23%


  • Hispanic 2.46%

  • White  59.33%

  • African American 37.13 %

  • Asian .37%

School Characteristics and Replicable Practices

Academic Excellence

  • Teachers meet in grade level teams every day to design a curriculum that includes cross-curricular, research-based project evaluations, use of interactive technology, and differentiation strategies.

  •  Professional Learning Communities meet once a week to participate in job-embedded professional development, and student achievement.

  • CMS teachers provide guidance, connectedness, and support in the areas of academics to students through an Advisory period each day.

  • Teachers use the co-teaching model to tailor a personalized environment for students to increase their use of higher order thinking skills.

  • Students participate in cross-curricular project-based assessments to increase 21st Century Skills and higher order thinking.

  • 5t​ h​ Graders not completing work must report to Intensive Care Unit to complete all assignments.

  • Project Lead the Way was implemented in Grade 5t​ h​-7t​ h​ to provide students opportunities to learning critic thinking and begin to explore career paths involving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Developmental Responsiveness

  • Classroom environments support the needs of all students.

  • Positive rapport exists between students and teachers.

  • Students have a voice and participate through a leadership group in making decisions that affect them.

  • Town Hall meetings are held once every nine weeks to celebrate academic, social, and community achievements.

Social Equity

  • The school supports civility, service and citizenship.

  • Differentiated instruction strategies are used to address various student learning styles.

  • Students are respected and appreciated by staff and each other.

  •  An abundance of club activities and school connection opportunities are available to students.

  • The school continually seeks to improve methods for meeting the needs of all students.

  • Staff members have high expectation for students as evidenced by work displays and student performances

  • CMS partners with the community to set examples of determination, perseverance, commitment, kindness, and acceptance of others through the Kindness program.

Organizational Support

  • The principal empowers staff by providing opportunities for collaborative problem-solving and decision making.

  • Flexibility within the block schedule provides for meeting the needs of students.

  • Families, community members and business partners are involved in many facets of the school.

  • Teaming periods allow teachers to meet and collaborate with parents, students, and team teachers.

  • Students are assigned to Advisory classes to meet the developmental needs of adolescents.

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