Clayton Middle School is located in the center of Clayton, a family friendly community that has seen much growth and development in the last ten years. Located about 15 miles southeast of Raleigh, North Carolina, Clayton Middle School is a suburban school of approximately 758 students. Five elementary schools feed into Clayton Middle: West Clayton, East Clayton, Cooper, Polenta, and Cleveland Elementary. Clayton is now the largest municipality in Johnston County with a total population approaching 18,000 people. The forecast for population growth in the Clayton area expects the population to grow to more than 20,000 people by 2018. Clayton Middle and the surrounding community are growing increasingly diverse. Clayton Middle School has 758 students with 55.2% white, 20% black, 19.6% Hispanic, 4% multi-racial, .5% Asian, .4% American Indian, .3% Pacific Islander. The school population is 41.3% economically disadvantaged. As published in the 15-16 school year, 31.8% of the staff hold advanced degrees, and 18.2% have National Board Certification. The teacher turnover rate in 2014-15 was at 8%, which was half the district and state averages. The community support for Clayton Middle may be one of the greatest strengths of the school. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and faith-based communities have partnered with the schools to provide an interconnected support for the students and staff of the Clayton schools. Unlike many school communities, the schools of Clayton are close enough in proximity that they are able to share resources that provide greater and more frequent supports for students. The school nurse and resource officer both serve multiple schools in the Clayton area, but are able to attend to the needs at Clayton Middle School as the needs arise. As the town of Clayton and Clayton Middle School have grown and become more diverse, Clayton Middle School staff have worked to dynamic needs of the student body. The primary focus of the school has been and remains to be a distinct desire to meet the social emotional and academic needs of students in middle grades education. The staff at Clayton Middle School have implemented and supported a mentor program that continues to grow and serves as a sense of pride for both the school and the larger community of Clayton. The school staff continues to consider the unique needs of students who are in middle school; understanding the adjustment that students must make as they grow and mature from the elementary student and harnessing the skills and habits of mind that will build their capacity to learn and thrive as a high school student. While the accreditation review of Clayton Middle School will highlight these accomplishments and many other programs and initiatives, our hope is that it will most specifically highlight a school that is building an experience that is personalized to students and responsive to their needs for learning and growth.