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Curriculum

Welcome to the Rupert A. Nock Middle School. With over 560 6th through 8th grade students and a staff of over 70, we are a vibrant, active learning community. 
 
Students attending the Nock learn in a team-based model. Each grade level has two heterogeneous teams consisting of five teachers: English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Special Education. Being Newburyport Clippers, our teams are named Crimson and Gold. 
 
Our educational approach is grounded in the developmental needs of 11-14 year olds. A team-based teaching approach allows us to provide specialized instruction in the content areas while also offering a whole-child, interdisciplinary approach. 
 
Our goal is to support students to become literate, engaged citizens across all the content areas. Students learn and practice work habits such as persevering through academic challenges, managing long-term, multi-part projects, and meeting deadlines. They become more skilled in reading and writing across the disciplines as they learn, for example, to think like mathematicians, read like scientists and write like historians. 
 
Students also explore the content and skills of music, art, physical education, engineering, world language and wellness. “Explore” classes meet daily and provide further opportunities for students to develop literacy in many disciplines. 
 
We understand that our students are growing socially, physically and academically.  Young adolescents are striving for independence while continuing to need support with handling new responsibilities. As recent brain research confirms, the influence of peers is often stronger than that of trusted adults or parents, making it critical for educators to create opportunities to develop positive peer leadership.
 
With these developmental needs in mind, Nock courses and community-wide initiatives include opportunities for students to build confidence in creating new friendships, setting personal goals, and taking healthy risks. We call our community development program The Nock Advantage. The Nock Advantage is based on the Clipper Values of respect, responsibility, kindness and awareness. Through school-wide programs and curriculum activities, students are called upon to serve as leaders within the school community. 
 
Please see our Program of Studies for a complete listing of our courses and services.

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