Cortez Middle School
Cortez Middle School is an example of a school that was in a rough place that is trying to get put back together. Much like the high school the middle school doesn’t quite seem eye to eye with the community. There are some very unique things going on in the middle school. First off there is a leadership program that is implemented where selected students from the eighth grade class are chosen to be leaders in the school and be responsible for making decisions. This position comes with responsibilities and work. Another interesting aspect about Cortez Middle School is its programs to promote gifted and talented students. These students are working on real world projects such as helping remap their school yard as well as applying for grants for schools to create other projects. The theme of Cortez Middle School is to allow students to have some control over their education to try to repair the scars that are prevalent in the building.