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A Look at the New Willie Brown Middle School

12/01/14

Willie L. Brown, Jr. Middle School is opening its doors in August 2015, but enrollment for the new school has already started. Its future class of 650 students will engage, explore and excel at the school’s state-of-the-art science laboratory, digital media lab and maker space, which are located on a new campus twice the size of the old one.

Accompanying the new facilities are a technology-enhanced curriculum, including computer science and engineering electives, and a focus on project-based, hands-on learning. Learning takes place year-round with summer programming that will incorporate STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) experiential learning. The school will also be outfitted with a premier wireless infrastructure to support student and teacher devices to enhance learning in the classroom.

All this focus on STEM doesn’t mean other aspects of the students’ education will be neglected. Quite the contrary—the curriculum will include digital arts, and the school offers a choir and band room, an art room, a ceramics kiln, and a stage for performances. To round all this out is a state-of-the-art gymnasium and basketball court.

Outside the classroom, students will be supported by an advisory program and a restorative practices approach, and the standalone health center will provide medical, dental and vision care to students and their families. Willie Brown Middle School’s community school approach makes it a haven not only for its students, but also for its students’ families and communities.

Meet the new principal, do a STEM activity, and find out more at a workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thurgood Marshall High School.

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