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Philosophy and Mission

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Philosophy and Mission

Philosophy and Mission

North Royalton Middle School is a member of the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) and the Ohio Middle Level Association (OMLA). We believe North Royalton Middle School must be developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, equitable, and engaging in order to provide a quality education to young adolescents.

To meet the characteristics of a successful middle level school, NRMS teachers and staff members must adhere to the beliefs published in AMLE’s position paper, This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents (2021). This We Believe organizes 18 research-based characteristics that are necessary in order to provide an effective middle level education.
 
  • Educators respect and value young adolescents. 
  • The school environment is welcoming, inclusive, and affirming for all. 
  • Every student’s academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate.  
  • School safety is addressed proactively, justly, and thoughtfully.  
  • Comprehensive counseling and support services meet the needs of young adolescents. 
  • The school engages families as valued partners.
  • The school collaborates with community and business partners. 
  • Educators are specifically prepared  to teach young adolescents and possess a depth of understanding in the content areas they teach. 
  • Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and diverse. 
  • Health, wellness, and social-emotional competence are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and related policies.  
  • Instruction fosters learning that is active, purposeful, and democratic. 
  • Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it. 
  • A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision. 
  • Policies and practices are student-centered, unbiased, and fairly implemented. 
  • Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about young adolescents, equitable practices, and educational research.  
  • Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration. 
  • Professional learning for all staff is relevant, long term, and job embedded.
  • Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships. 
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