Goshen Middle School’s Vision
Goshen Middle School provides many learning opportunities for our students. We build a diverse learning environment that challenges our students to reach their highest level of academic potential; opportunities for inquiry, reflection, practice and mastery of basic academic and social skills necessary to be successful citizens.
New Tech Education at Goshen Middle School:
Learning that is engaging. Students become problem-solvers by engaging in project-based learning. Teachers design complex challenges that engage students, require them to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, and foster written and oral communication skills.
Learning that empowers. students become connected to, and challenged by their school, teachers, and peers by engaging in relevant learning and a collaborative learning culture. Each school promotes a culture of trust, respect, and responsibility.
Learning that matters. Learning outcomes also measure collaboration, written and oral communication, and students’ responsibility for their own learning. Performance assessments measure the knowledge and thinking of students to help them become proficient in producing college-level work.
Learning that enables. Through a technology rich environment, teachers and students create, communicate, access information, and experience self-directed learning.
Learning that transforms. Teachers actively support students as they collaborate, gather information, gain new skills, and find solutions through an educational curriculum that goes beyond traditional classroom structures. New Tech students leave their schools prepared for education at the next level; New Tech research indicates that 91% of New Tech students graduate from high school, 70% enroll in college, and 83% persist in college.
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) at Goshen Middle School:
Preparation that considers the whole student. MYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others, and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. By implementing MYP, schools develop students’
academic, social and emotional well-being, focusing on international-mindedness and strong personal values.
Preparation for the future. MYP prepares students for the intellectual challenges of further education and their future careers, focusing on the development of the whole student as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world around them.
Preparation that is engaging. Students are engaged in hands-on projects, and become problem-solvers through inquiry-based learning.
Teachers design challenges that require students to demonstrate mastery of knowledge, while also fostering their written and oral communication skills.
Preparation for inclusion. MYP incorporates a foreign language into the curriculum; encouraging deeper student learning by expanding their
language skills. This bicultural curriculum piece allows students to consider the broader global community, preparing them for an ever-changing, multicultural society.
Preparation that offers opportunities. The MYP curriculum offers students opportunities to develop their potential, explore their own learning
preferences, take appropriate risks, and reflect on and develop a strong sense of their own personal identity.
Culture and Character Growth for Every Student
By offering two different learning pathways at Goshen Middle School, New Tech and Middle Years IB, through two individual “schools” we anticipate stronger relationships between teachers and students. Each school has its own Head Principal, Assistant Principal, school counselors,
and teachers, although there will be some teachers who teach in both schools, such as music teachers and some applied academics teachers.
We are very excited about our curriculum, the educational opportunities that we can provide for our students, and the ability to offer smaller learning communities in our building.
Academics and High Quality Work
Goshen Middle School has two learning pathways and “schools”, New Tech and International
Baccalaureate. The New Tech (NT) pathway began with the 2016-17 school year, and the Middle Years
Program of International Baccalaureate (MYPIB, often shortened to “MYP”) began its candidacy phase
at GMS during the 2017-18 school year. Each of the learning pathways is a separate “school within a
school”, thus breaking down the size of GMS into two smaller learning communities.
New Tech and MYP are similar in that they are both inquiry-based learning models, rather than the
traditional “set and get” style that many of us experienced in our K-12 educational settings. These new
models are more engaging for students, and help to pique their interest and curiosity about what they
are learning. Both are standards-based models, and by the end of the year students in either pathway
will have learned the same state standards.