Middle School/Academy Overview

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Connolly

Fees College Prep

Gililland

ASPIRE Academy

Tempe Academy of International Studies

Ward Traditional Academy

General School Information

  Download the 2017-2018 Middle School Information Guide
 Brochures Connolly  Brochure  Fees College Prep Brochure
 Gililland Brochure
 ASPIRE Brochure
 Tempe Academy Brochure
WTA Brochure
Addresses & Phone Numbers
 See the Middle Schools (6-8) directory
Current Enrollment
 1073 846
861
170 305
145 (grades 6-8)

Calendars & School Hours

Calendar Connolly Calendar
FCPMS Calendar
Gililland Calendar
ASPIRE Calendar
TAIS Calendar
Ward Calendar
Bell Schedules and Early Release Dates
See the School Hours webpage
Early Release Times
 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Registration/Enrollment
When and how do I enroll my child in middle school?
See the Middle School Registration/Enrollment webpage
Class Schedules
How do the middle school schedules work?
All students in grades 6-8 take core classes to include Language Arts (Reading/Writing), Math, Social Studies, and Science.  In addition, students will have opportunities to participate in electives.  Students may take up to two electives daily.  Each school offers different electives, for a complete list view our Middle Schools At a Glance and Academies At a Glance pages. 
Factors in creating student schedules include not only student choice, but course availability as well as student's academic needs.  Therefore, school administrators may place students into math and/or reading intervention classes in lieu of electives as needed.

When will my child and I know what his/her schedule is?
Schedules will be available in early August.  Parents will receive information in the mail regarding the details of schedule pick-up.  Please contact the middle school if your address changes, so information mailed to your home is deliverable.  Schedules will not be provided to students who are not current with immunizations.
Transportation
Bus Stops and Schedules
 School and Bus Route Finder
Are there late buses for students involved in extra-curricular activities?
There are late buses for students involved in approved extra-curricular activities at Connolly, Fees College Prep, and Gililland.  This involves any club or activity that is meant to enhance the student's education, including tutoring, after-school sports, academic clubs and enrichment clubs. 
Uniforms and ID Badges
Which middle schools have a uniform dress code?
 Connolly Dress Code
FCPMS Dress
Code

Gililland Dress
Standards

 ASPIRE Dress Code
TAIS Dress
Standards

Ward Dress
Code

Is my child required to wear an ID badge?
Students are responsible for keeping their school ID on them at all times.  Having students wear ID badges helps facilitate campus safety.  At some schools, these cards are also used as library cards and for lunch payment.  Students' first ID badge, lanyard and plastic case are supplied for free. 
Homework
How much homework should my child expect to bring home daily?
Homework is an integral part of education and is used to reinforce skills learned in the classroom. The amount of homework given in middle school will increase from what your child brought home in elementary school. Homework is assigned four days each week and ranges from approximately 45 minutes minimum assigned to sixth-graders to 90 minutes maximum assigned to eighth-graders. In addition to homework, middle school students are assigned a required amount of minutes to be spent reading each night. 
Supplies
Which supplies will my child need on the first day of school?
The school supply list varies according to your child’s teacher. Students should bring pens, pencils and paper for the first day of school. Teachers will inform the students of all other needed supplies. Middle schools provide supplies to the students on a yearly basis as needed.
Parent-Teacher Conferences
How does the parent-teacher conference work in middle school now that my child has more than one teacher?
Middle school parent-teacher conferences take place twice a year for three days in both October and February.  Prior to the time of conferences, letters are sent home to parents informing parents on how to request a specific time.  Parents have the opportunity to meet with the teacher in the afternoon or evenings.  Parents who are unable to attend conferences or need an additional conference can schedule an appointment to meet with their child's teachers.  Parents only need to call one of the student's teachers to coordinate an appropriate meeting time.
Nutrition and Meals
What is the cost of breakfast and lunch?
 See the district's School Breakfast and Lunch Menus webpage
How long does it take to process a free/reduced lunch application?
The Nutrition Services Department officially needs ten days to process the applications; however, applications are usually processed sooner than that.  See the Nutrition Services Department webpage for more information and to download a Free and Reduced Meal Application form. 
After-School Programs
What after-school programs are offered at your middle schools?
Connolly After-School Clubs
 FCPMS After-
School Cubs

Gililland After-School Clubs
ASPIRE After-School Clubs
TAIS After-
School Clubs

Ward After-School Clubs

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