• At Durham Middle School , our mission is to provide and maintain a safe learning environment that includes a variety of research based, high quality learning opportunities for all students. As a result of these opportunities, we ensure an exemplary level of academic achievement as determined by district, state and national standards. We also commit to a comprehensive support system which will adjust to meet the different learning styles of each student to assure this achievement.

    LISD Core Beliefs
    WE believe:
    1. Every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged each day.
    2. Uninhibited learning depends on a safe, nurturing, inclusive and flexible environment.
    3. An educated citizenry is essential for equal opportunity and a prosperous society.
    4. Meaningful and relevant work engages students in profound learning.
    5. Critical thinking and problem solving today are necessary for students to be equipped for future challenges.
    6. Genuine transformation requires disruptive innovation.
    7. Education is the shared responsibility of the community.
    LISD Vision
    All of our students enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create.
    LISD Mission
    Students, staff and community design and implement a learning organization that provides engaging, innovative experiences every day.
    LISD Goals
    We will:
    1. Provide all learners with safe, nurturing, inclusive and flexible learning environments. (Digital Learning Environment)
    2. Engage learners through the use of technological tools to access, create and share content as well as collaborate with other learners throughout the world. (Digital Learning Environment)
    3. Reframe state readiness standards in a way that leads to profound learning and has meaning and value for students. (Learning Standards)
    4. Create flexible systems that result in a learning organization supported by innovative and engaged staff. (Organizational Transformation)
    5. Continuously involve our diverse community, staff and students to use their strengths, resources and talents to provide engaging, innovative experiences for all learners. (Partnership)
    6. Develop and implement meaningful, varied assessments that inform and inspire students and educators for continuous improvement and growth in a way that transforms learning and teaching. (Assessments)
    7. Design an accountability system that transcends state/national mandates and reflects local values and expectations. (Accountability)

    Please refer to the Strategic Design Process section of the website for additional information.