Welcome to Mountain Sky! It has been my sincere honor for the past 27 years to serve the Mountain Sky community. It is rare to find, and harder to explain, the great people who work as a family within this special school. Further, the caring families who support our efforts and goals are second to none, and of course we are blessed with the great students who walk through our doors and amaze us day in and day out. The traditions we foster here make us more than just a traditional school. It makes us a community!
As a middle school we work purposefully and specifically toward the needs of students in their preteen years. These are crucial and important years, and we work to target not just their academic needs, but their variety of personal and social needs. We know that our students live in an imperfect world, and they face difficult decisions and challenges daily. Our goal is to work with them regularly on making good decisions, building their social skills, and facing the world with confidence. Doing that takes hard-working adults, who respect and understand the uniqueness of the preteen years. We take pride in our transitional outlook and the structure of our school, which helps to facilitate our goals. Under a middle school philosophy, we take the best of both elementary and high school structures. By creating academic teams, we allow for a smaller school-within-a-school feeling and improve integration and communication. To support their personal needs, we provide students with a daily advisory period, when we focus on communication skills, organization, team building and goal setting. Beyond the core academic day, we offer outstanding programs (over 50) in the form electives, extracurricular organizations, sports and co-curricular experiences.
Programs such as our music, which encompass over half of our students, and allow students to perform locally and compete nationally with accolades, we believe, make us unique. Our advanced and gifted classes, which produce academic awards and leaders, are sought out by families from neighboring communities. For students who need help and support, we have created Tier 2 and 3 accelerations, with highly skilled teachers, who can pull students for 20-minute sessions and target specific needs. In a day and age where funding is tight, it takes a dedicated, highly trained and driven staff to do more.
In order to better prepare or students with 21st Century skills, we have created two courses of study to help students plan for their future. Both paths have a series of electives to be taken over the two year experience during the elective or exploratory time. The programs can be read about in the attached description.
I am proud of what we do here, and I know for the past 30 years, Mountain Sky has been a part of developing great student leaders. We welcome you as a part of our E.A.G.L.E. family.
BE an E.A.G.L.E.!
Earns respect by respecting others first
Acts on initiative
Goes the extra mile to “take care of the nest”
Leads when a leader is needed, follows when others need to lead
Encourages others to soar