Brown School Intermediate Model
In September of 2019, Brown School will be reconfigured to welcome all 4th and 5th grade students across the school district. In order to prepare for this transition, on May 8, 2018, the administration presented an intermediate model of programming for this age group to the Board of Education. This programming change marks a departure from the middle school model which served the 5th and 6th grade cohorts for nearly 15 years.
Some of the key features of this intermediate model are a “smoothing out” of instructional minutes over the two years resulting in some longer blocks of core instructional time (i.e. language arts, math, science, social studies), the addition of two recess periods each day for all students, and morning meeting for all students in their homeroom.
The recommended intermediate model was largely influenced by the Whole Child Wellness Team (WCWT), a committee of over 40 Madison educators and members of the Madison Youth and Family Services. The work of the WCWT focused on programming that would be most age-appropriate for 4th and 5th graders, primarily 8, 9, and 10 year olds.
The current Brown middle school model has three related arts periods per day. In order to accommodate for intermediate core instructional programming, as well as the inclusion of two recess periods each day, the intermediate model calls for two related arts periods per day.
The related arts periods for 4th and 5th grade in 2019-2020 will include:
- Physical Education/Health every other day all year long
- Spanish every other day all year long
- STEAM, Art, and Coding
- Instrumentals, Theater, and Music
- Music ensembles
Other features include:
- Two teacher teams in 4th and 5th grade
- Appropriate distribution of instructional minutes per subject to naturally transition from elementary to the middle level
Please see this sample Brown School schedule for more details on programming for the intermediate model.