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Connolly Middle School is an A+ School of Excellence

Welcome to Connolly Middle School and the ASPIRE Academy! I am excited to return to this outstanding campus composed of thinkers, leaders, innovators, and problem solvers. At Connolly we bring communities of learners together through the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. We are proud to be an AVID National Demonstration Site. We have also been recognized as an A+ School of Excellence. This distinction celebrates exceptional schools and the work they do to support learning for all students.

The ASPIRE Academy, for our gifted students, brings rigorous learning through hands-on, problem-based experiences. Connolly’s music programs offer ranges of courses for instrumental and vocal studies. We are also one of very few middle schools to offer a symphonic orchestra. Students can also take elective classes in STEM, art, dance, and PE. There are after school opportunities, clubs, and competitive sports for students to participate in throughout the year.

At Connolly we believe

Whatever it takes, we are college bound!

Every student is a contributor to their success and we will work to help students find their passion, their voice, and their joy for learning! We want to work with our students and their families to make learning meaningful and fun.

So again, welcome! We cannot wait to have you at Connolly Middle School!


Denise Dunwoody, Principal

"Education is for improving the lives of others
and for leaving your community and world
better than you found it."

- Marian Wright Edelman