Lake

Middle School

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Curriculum for Student Success

The Lake Middle School staff is committed to a coherent and rigorous curriculum based on common core standards. We believe that all students deserve to be ready for high school, and our goal is to help students move toward readiness for college by the time they leave middle school. We believe that each child is an individual with his or her own learning needs, so at Lake, we offer:

  • Individualized attention and careful consideration of each student’s needs and class schedule
  • Dedicated school leadership and outstanding teachers with a strong common focus on students in the important middle school (6th – 8th) years.
  • 1-to-1 Technology School – every student receives their own Chromebook for use at school and at home
  • Strong school culture and intentional structures which foster academic success
  • Weekly progress reports mean constant communication with parents and student accountability
  • Action Learning projects to increase global awareness
  • Math and Language Arts Honors classes
  • Spanish Language Arts and Spanish as a Second Language classes taught by two full-time Spanish teachers with a focus to prepare students for the DPS Seal of Biliteracy
  • Daily Electives on each student’s schedule! Elective choices include: Band, Choir, P.E., STEM, Visual Art, Spanish, Drama, Leadership, Yearbook & Photography, Newspaper & Journalism, Creative Writing, and many others
  • Highly trained and licensed staff members for nurturing students social/emotional needs
  • Academic intervention for literacy and math, as well as English Language Development (ELD) programming
  • Rigorous continuation requirements and assurance that all students are well prepared for high school and beyond
  • Free healthcare at the Denver Health school-based clinic
  • Partnership with Mi Casa Neighborhood Center provides access to afterschool clubs, activities and academic tutoring
  • Denver Prep League Athletics: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Cheer, XC and Tackle Football
  • Historic, beautiful building located on the eastern edge of Sloan’s Lake

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Academics and Programs

“At Lake Middle School, we empower all students to achieve academic excellence, contribute to their community and become innovators of world change.”

Lake  Honors Classes
Scholars who are proficient or above in math or language arts may qualify for Honors classes at Lake. In Honors classes, scholars will set ambitious academic goals for their success, learn how to process higher level text to develop perspective about the world around them and use multimedia to share that perspective with their peers. Students will strive toward the exemplary standard of assessment rubrics in all subjects.

Data-Driven Instruction
At Lake Middle School, we value our students as individuals. That is why we use data-driven instruction to meet the needs of our students. We are constantly assessing student work, seeing if a scholar “gets it,” and basing our next steps for that student upon the results of that assessment. A scholar who needs extra help in achieving learning goals may be assigned an intervention class or after school tutoring to help meet his or her academic needs. Conversely, students who need to be academically challenged may be assigned to an enrichment “essentials” class or may be nominated for Honors classes.

Math Fellows
Small group (one teacher to every three students ratio) that can be used to remediate, supplement or accelerate a scholar’s math practice. All sixth- and eighth-graders at Lake receive tutoring from Denver Math Fellows.

College Prep Reading
All students at Lake  are assigned a core Language Arts class. In addition, students are scheduled a second reading class, in which they receive small group reading instruction or acceleration, based on need. Within the College Prep reading hour, all students have time for independent reading choice; based on interest and their personal reading level.