Scenically located four miles east of Boyertown on Route 73 in Gilbertsville, Boyertown Middle School East has 900 students enrolled in grades 6, 7, and 8. Our school is focused on meeting the needs of our students by providing relevant experiences through which they can learn and grow. Parents/ guardians and other community members are encouraged to participate with us in our educational and co-curricular programs.
Success in middle school is about feeling connected. In an effort to make our large school smaller, all students are grouped into interdisciplinary instructional teams. Each team is comprised of four to six academic area teachers – language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Each team of teachers meets twice per cycle with our school counselors to discuss their students and how they can best meet each student’s needs.
Students are provided a strong, academically-oriented educational program. In addition to the four major subjects, students have art, business, health, music, physical education, and technology education classes each year. A continuing focus is the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment with the Pennsylvania Common Core Academic Standards. Also, our staff has developed a system of extensive support services for our students. Instructional aides are available to assist students in several classrooms. During our last period of the day, we have developed a plethora of remedial opportunities. Students can get help from either a teacher from their team or a subject area teacher.
Middle School East provides students an excellent educational opportunity. Our faculty knows the importance of providing a positive learning environment. Students are always encouraged to achieve to their fullest potential. The staff sets the example for students by continually updating their knowledge through professional development workshops and graduate courses to keep themselves well informed on all the new issues in education. Students are urged to get involved in student activities, choosing from a broad selection of clubs, athletic teams, music groups, student government and service organizations. As noted earlier, students who feel connected to the school are more successful in the classroom.
The staff works with students, parents/guardians, and local police officers to provide a safe school environment. The district has developed a set of comprehensive safety plans to protect all students and staff members. Respect for all is emphasized and modeled. We are an annual participant in the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program. Additionally, several programs such as our Bear Ambassadors (eighth graders who mentor sixth graders), AOK (Acts of Kindness), Student Assistance Team, and Advisory reinforce the themes of caring, empathy, and help that are vital to the success of our school.
Parent/guardian involvement is critical to the success of middle school students. All parents/guardians are invited to several events over the course of the school year. Some examples include our Back to School Night, academic conferences, and “Coffee with the Principal.” Please check the calendar on our website for specific dates. Any time questions arise, we welcome calls to the main office at 610-754-9550.