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Slauson Middle School recognizes that each student is an individual and seeks to provide a curriculum and school climate that meets the needs of all students. The Slauson Staff is committed to providing our students with rigorous instruction that leads to the mastery of the California Common Core State Standards, as well as a safe and caring place of learning. Late start Fridays not only provide Slauson teachers an opportunity to participate in Common Core professional development, but also time to implement Professional Learning Communities in which teachers collaborate on lesson planning and strategy implementation, as well as develop Common Formative Assessments to inform their instructional practice.

Beginning in 6th grade, all Slauson students receive a 7-year Academic Plan, which includes a 3-year Middle School Plan, transitioning to a 4-year High School Academic Plan.  Committed to continuous learning, Slauson teachers are highly experienced educators who implement researched and evidenced-based learning, which provides foundational skills for students to succeed in high school and college.  Students learn content in the context of real-world situations, project-based learning, and problem solving through practical application.  Students demonstrate knowledge through written expression, reasoning, and text-based evidence.  Slauson learning technology includes three computer labs, two portable wireless laptop computer labs, two IPod portable wireless labs, two science labs, and a Lego Mindstorm Robotics Lab. Classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors and document cameras.

Slauson Middle School provides well-rounded academic support and enrichment to all students.  All students receive rigorous instruction of the California Common Core State Standards and are encouraged to participate in an Honors Option program in Language Arts, Social Science, and Science.  Students who complete the Honors Option Enrichment Research Projects and earn a B or better in these classes are eligible to earn an Honors Designation on their semester report cards.  

AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a program for college-bound students. This elective course for 6th-8th graders provides a focus on critical thinking, reading, writing, study skills, and Cornell note taking. Students participate in small group tutorials twice a week with college tutors; and, field trips focus on the college experience. 

Six STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) electives utilize Common Core standards through hands-on discovery activities; students explore real-world STEM components through project-based learning experiences.  Various STEM course curriculum includes: Project Lead the Way Robotics; The Magic of Electrons; The Science of Flight and Space; Computer Programming; and  Lego MindStorm Computer Generated Robotics Curriculum.  In the Introduction to Psychology Course, a STEM Common Core Standards elective, students learn how the mind works, brain-based learning through research, data gathering, experiments, and critical reading/writing/thinking activities in preparation for the High School Advanced Placement Psychology Course. In the Introduction to Sociology Course, a Common Core Standards Elective, students explore themes of culture, family relationships, self-esteem, friendship, tolerance, and character through critical reading/writing/thinking activities.  The Spanish Literacy elective is offered zero period for students in preparation for high school Spanish and Advanced Placement Spanish courses.

In addition, Slauson offers eight music education classes. In the Beginning and Advanced Choirs, students learn to read music and receive vocal performance instruction. Students may also choose from five band electives: Beginning Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Beginning and Advanced Jazz Bands.  In the Studio 19 Digital Media Program, Students learn a variety of multi media computer applications, film making, editing, and storyboarding using Common Core Standards. Media students create the Panther Press Yearbook and Newspaper using digital technology.  Slauson students who participate in the Leadership elective class attend student leadership conferences and plan school-wide student events and activities at lunch and after school, as well as promote school spirit and a positive school culture.  Slauson provides several after school programs and activities for our students. The AUSD Mariachi Program is hosted at Slauson.  AUSD students in elementary through high school may participate in this outstanding after school program. Think Together provides after school activities to 120 students, including  an opportunity to complete homework and receive tutoring, as well as a variety of activities and sports.

In addition to our many academic and enrichment elective course offerings, Slauson offers additional academic support for struggling students through a variety of programs. Additional instruction is provided in the areas of Language Arts and math. Teachers support English Language Learners through the use of SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) strategies during instruction. ST Math (Spacial Temporal) instructional intervention software is used to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software uses interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills of students who are struggling with math concepts.  Students who require additional math or Language Arts support may receive an additional hour of instruction during the school day. Two IPod wireless portable labs and a Google Chromebook cart provide additional technology support for struggling students in math and reading fluency.

Slauson Middle School participates in the nationally recognized W.E.B. Middle School Transition Program for 6th graders. “Where Everyone Belongs” partners new 6th graders with “Panther Pal” 7th and 8th grade mentors who help them be successful in their first year as 6th graders.  Panther Pals lead 6th graders in orientation activities, helping them to become comfortable in their first year of middle school.  This program reinforces what we expect of students by creating a culture where all students matter.

Slauson Middle School is proud to be a charter member of the National Junior Honor Society, a nationally recognized program honoring scholarship, character, and service.  Slauson Middle School promotes a safe campus environment where all students have a sense of belonging.  Students, parents, and community members are treated with dignity and respect and play a critical role in the school community. Students are at the center of every decision we make.  Parents are invited to take an active role in “Panther Parents,” the Slauson Middle School volunteer parent organization.