Bancroft Middle School

Performing Arts/STE[+A]M Magnets

Principal's Message

Welcome to Hubert Howe Bancroft Middle School & Performing Arts/STE[+a]M Magnets, home of the Cougars! We are committed to providing all students with educational experiences to ensure students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their goals as 21st Century learners. The staff at  Bancroft Middle School is committed to providing a safe, engaging and rigorous learning environment which promotes and supports the academic and social development of every student.  We have the highest expectations of ourselves and our students. We analyze student data to support academic growth.  We work with parents and our community partners to ensure that we are developing life long learners.  Our students will be empowered to develop their character, work with others, pursue their individual interests and reach their maximum potential to be creative, responsible, and self-motivated learners.

The Gifted /High Ability STE[+a]M Magnet center offers an integrated curriculum linked through science and engineering. The school uses Project Lead the Way curriculum to engage students in real-world experiences. It is a district Linked Learning magnet center. The Performing Arts Magnet center provides young people the opportunity to learn the basics of stage, film, and TV performances and crafts. Students are encouraged to explore the spectrum of performing arts: dance, drama, music and film.They are given the opportunity to meet with professional entertainers and observe quality performances.

The Resident school allows students to explore their general interests and prepares them for high school. Students have access to a variety of exploratory academic and performance art electives. They share a common core of teachers that work collaboratively to meet their academic, social and emotional needs. The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) is a program designed to improve educational options for students. SAS offers an intensive academic program that supports differentiation of instruction for high ability students. Advanced studies classes with ͞honors͟ designation are offered in a cluster format. SAS students share common teachers, which allow SAS teachers to collaborate on student progress and program implementation.

In spring 2013 Bancroft applied for and was granted Candidate status for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP). The MYP provides a framework of learning that 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. Implementing the MYP affords us the opportunity to offer students an internationally recognized, globally-focused, academically rigorous program. We believe that the MYP will help us prepare global citizens with the skill sets needed to successfully compete in the 21st century workplace. We live in the Pacific Rim. As such, one of our mandates is to equip our students with the language, cultural sensitivity and cooperation skills to successfully navigate through the global workplace. As part of the MYP, students are required to study at least two languages (as part of their multilingual profile), humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In their final year, students will also undertake a community project to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding.