Innovative Middle School Programs
Johnston County Public Schools offers several middle school options for students other than the traditional middle school setting. These middle schools/programs include smaller class sizes and support for students who are interested in pursuing specific careers or desire more rigorous curriculum. One program involves sending select students to our Innovation Academy (6-8), where students have the opportunity to meet other students across the district and become pioneers in their own education. We are proud to offer these unique settings to allow students to pursue their goals. Another program, AVID, is offered in select middle schools and strives to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.
Below you will find a brief description of all the innovative middle school programs offered in Johnston County Public Schools. Prospective students can apply to any program by using the application process.
- All applications will open in December 1.
- The Innovation Academy at South Campus application deadline is February 15.
- The AVID application deadline is set by individual schools. Please contact the AVID coordinator at your middle school for questions.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and in their lives beyond high school. Moving future leaders toward college success and beyond, AVID’s teaching strategies and curriculum build positive teacher-student relationships to ensure student success schoolwide. In the AVID program, students enroll in advanced courses, receive tutorial support, improve study and organizational skills, gain "college knowledge," visit colleges and explore careers, and strengthen their academic writing skills.
Admission into any middle school AVID program requires an application and may require an interview. Applications for each program are linked below. Please visit or virtual space or contact the specific school to learn more.
JCPS AVID Middle Schools:
- Cleveland Middle AVID Application
- CMS Contact: Brandi Ricapito
- McGee's Crossroads Middle AVID Application
- MCMS Contact: Angela Barbour
- Riverwood Middle AVID Application
- RMS Contact: Nicole Willis
- Selma Middle AVID Application
- SeMS Contact: Joy Valle
- Smithfield Middle AVID Application
- SmMS Contact: Sarah Anderson
- Swift Creek Middle AVID Application
- SCMS Contact: Lee Ann Parrish
- Cleveland Middle AVID Application
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program
The Middle Years Programme (MYP): preparing students to be successful in school and to be active, lifelong learners The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16.
It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century.
The first three years of the MYP will be taught at Smithfield Middle School. Students who continue to Smitfhield-Selma High School will complete the final two years of the Middle Years Program while in ninth and tenth grades.
Smithfield Middle School, an IB MYP Candidate World School
Dual Language/Conexiones I, II, and III
In cooperation with Particpate Learning, JCPS offers Dual Language Immersion to students in kindergarten through fifth grade at one of three elementary schools: Cooper Academy, Polenta Elementary, and Selma Elementary schools. Middle school DLI students can enroll at Riverwood Middle School from Cooper Academy, Selma Middle School from Selma Elementary School, or Swift Creek Middle School from Polenta Elementary School.
Adopting the recommended progression of Participate Dual Language programming of Conexiones I, II, and III, in middle school allows students to prepare for rigorous and advanced Spanish acquisition courses in Johnston County Public Schools. At the completion of Conexiones III in the 8th grade, students can enter 9th grade with high school credits for Spanish through Credit for Demonstrated Mastery. The process for CDM includes an assessment and portfolio completed during the spring semester of the 8th grade year.
Innovation Academy at South Campus
The Innovation Academy at South Campus is The Laboratory School of Johnston County Public Schools. Innovation Academy (IA) is a community of pioneering teacher-leaders, students, and families who approach learning in innovative and personalized ways. IA will host visits for education professionals who are interested in innovating teaching and learning in their own classrooms or schools. We welcome learners of all backgrounds and abilities. We focus our recruitment on first-generation college-potential students from impoverished areas. We strive to match the demographics of the county as a whole. Project-Based Learning allows students to develop knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Interdisciplinary instruction allows students to learn material in context, supporting mastery of learning objectives. Math and Science and English, Social Studies, and the Arts will be integrated during core instruction. Students engage in personalized pathways built respective of their entry point into mastery of learning standards and are part of the process of determining their progression toward mastery in those standards and their plans for growth. Relationship-building with the development of a social contract for how we interact is our entry point into behavior management. Restorative philosophy fuels our behavior modification strategies. We believe in feedback and coaching in a safe environment focused on growth. Visit our virtual space to learn more.