Some possible School of Choice questions…….
Why would I want to send my child to a school with low test scores?
Even though we have a population of students who struggle with high stakes
testing, we feel that we also have a population of very successful students who
excel in academics. We offer many opportunities for a wide range of learners
from GT to Remediation classes. We also provide an additional class period
called Academy where students are grouped based on their test scores and are
given small group instruction based on their specific needs.
What type of transition might you provide for a child who has experienced only
home school or Montessori education?
A student can enter the IB program at any given year and will be integrated at that
point. There are beginning levels of related arts classes all 3 years. As an IB
school, we provide a global view of education teaching students how they fit into
the world around them. Teachers emphasize individual learning styles and strive
to make students become aware of who they are as learners and how this
knowledge can impact their education.
What special program is offered at Saluda Trail Middle School?
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) is for all
students who attend our school. It is known world-wide for its rigor and success
in developing students who are compassionate and lifelong learners. The
program seeks to develop inquiring students who are knowledgeable, caring and
respectful of the intercultural world around them.
How does the instructional program at STMS differ from traditional middle school
The SC standards-based instructional program differs because teachers are
trained to use the five areas of interaction to provide contexts for learning and
make real-life connections.
The MYP assessment is unique, challenging, internally and externally
standardized. It seeks to promote self awareness of growth and achievement in
all eight subject groups.
The fundamental concepts of the program are intercultural awareness, holistic
learning and communication.
All students are required to take a second language all 3 years of the program.
The program consists of eight subject groups: Language A, Language B,
Mathematics, Sciences, Humanities, Physical Education, Technology and Arts.
Who may attend Saluda Trail Middle School?
Students zoned for STMS are automatically included.
Students who attend Rock Hill Schools are eligible. Students must complete
application process and be accepted.
Students who have acceptable records of attendance and discipline from their
currently zoned schools.
Siblings of students interested in the IB-MYP program will be given priority.
What is the application schedule? How may my child apply?
Applications will be accepted from February 14 until March 31, 2011.
Application packets are available at STMS or Rock Hill School District Office.
Applications are also available at www.stms.rock-hill.k12.sc.us
All applications must be sent to the district office and approvals will come from
If my child enrolls, may they change schools during the year?
Once enrolled at STMS, a student who is attending from another school zone
must remain for the entire school year. Students may return to their zoned
school the following year.
Does my child need to reapply each year?
A student does not need to reapply each year once accepted into the program.
Students not accepted may update and resubmit their application packet for the
How can I find out more about IB-MYP?
Head of School, Brenda Campbell, email@example.com
MYP Coordinator, Carolyn Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
What makes Saluda Trail unique?
Our IB program is only one of many ways our school is a unique choice for
your child’s education. Historically, our faculty and staff have prided
themselves on being a family and taking care of each other. This feeling of
“family” extends to the student body as well.
We offer many opportunities to provide balance to your child’s rigor and
challenge which is present in everyday classroom instruction. Among those
opportunities include clubs and organizations such as:
- Keepers of the Trail, Ambassadors, Art Warriors, FCA, Academic
Challenge, Robotics, Gamers, Run for Fun, Math Counts, Male Call,
Divas, Step Team, etc.
Our school is the only middle school in the district which offers Drama. Our
ARTS Department works collaboratively to produce a student performance
comparable to any “Children’s Little Theater” production imaginable.
Our Language B offers a choice of Spanish or German. All students must take
one of these languages for 3 consecutive years in the program.
Because of our IB program, our teachers are expected to plan collaboratively
and share a common language for instruction and assessment. This language is
shared with students and serves to strengthen understanding and
Our IB program provides a unique framework called the Areas of Interaction
for teachers and students to make connections to real life contexts.
STMS believes that all students should be well rounded. Students should have a
balance between their academic life and extracurricular activities.
Our Athletic Department stresses character development as well as skill in
sports. Our past records indicate many championships have been achieved
using this philosophy.
Our students and teachers use Learner Profile Qualities as a basis for character
education and citizenship.
Always, our students have been expected to give back to our community. There
are many planned opportunities for students to experience Community and
Service throughout the year.
Our students document their progress for all 3 years of the program in an MYP
STMS Awards and Student Recognition Program for all grade levels held at end
of year is organized around IB Learner Profile Qualities.
Reflection is expected from all students as a method of self awareness, growth
STMS organizes unique learning experiences for students including…
National History Day
National Guard Fit
Jump Rope for heart Leader/ownership based PE Program
Morning News Program with student led weather reports in Spanish
Wall of Fame for students
Art Attack Annual Art Show
We have special education teachers who care about the individual
progress of each student. We have general education teachers who
collaborate with special education teachers to make sure that the
differentiated instruction is reaching the specific needs of each child
How does your school promote internationalism or multi-cultural awareness?
Flags from different countries around the world hang from our gallery to
decorate our school and most importantly to remind us that we are not the only
country in the world.
Teachers plan units of study with global connections to bring awareness of other
cultures’ likenesses and differences. (i.e. Whose Ur Mama? Mount Everest)
IB Boot Camp is a concentrated unit of study to “kick-off” the year with some
lessons centered on character analysis of various multi-cultural short stories
emphasizing the LPQs – students are encouraged to recognize why people may
act or dress differently. Open-mindedness is one of the LPQs to promote
tolerance and understanding of differences in people.
Several teachers utilize academy as an opportunity to incorporate multi-cultural
Skype is used as a means of bringing other cultures into the classroom
(Homeless Bird Unit)
At some grade levels, literature studies combine community service with
multicultural awareness (Pennies for Peace, Three Cups of Tea)
Our media center contains various resources and displays for students and
faculty which promote international and cultural awareness
Media Mania periodically focuses on multi-cultural international awareness
through its featured guests.
The annual Renaissance festival not only provides a historical experience but
also places the historical information in the cultural context of Europe..