Scofield Magnet Middle School (SMMS) is one of 5 middle schools in Stamford, and continues the magnet philosphy found in the elementary schools. Admission to Scofield is through a lottery process and offers an innovative program of educational choices through theme-based instruction.
SMMS is located on Scofieldtown Rd in the heart of North Stamford, at the former UCONN Stamford campus.
Each grade consists of 2-3 Teams with approximately 100 students each Students travel with the same group for all three years at Scofield which bonds them into a family type atmosphere.
Scofield was founded as a magnet middle school with an emphasis on science, technology and math. The goal of the Magnet Middle School is to involve students in a learning partnership with the school, home, and community in order to insure success for all students. The Magnet Middle School is comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students and is based on the following beliefs; high standards for all
students, trust, respect, and collaboration. The school philosophy is that students need to learn to think critically, master an appropriate
body of knowledge in new and unfamiliar settings, and to develop a constant desire to learn something new if they are to succeed in their adult lives. The students acquire an appreciation for science as a critical inquiry across the subject areas so they are able to have the necessary skills for employment. The staff and parents work collaboratively on ensuring the success for all the students. The curriculum is delivered mainly through interdisciplinary topics and project usually with heterogeneous and homogeneous groupings of students. Teams of teachers are responsible for scheduling and grouping students within blocks of time. Assessment of students is an ongoing process. Evaluative measures used by the teachers are observations, portfolios, performance-based assessment, and testing.
One of the unique programs at SMMS is Exhibition. It is the culminating activity for SMMS students where they are required to demonstrate the skills mastered during the middle school years by preparing a multi-faceted Exhibition at the end of the eighth grade. They will choose a particular technology and thoroughly investigate it. This leads to in-depth student presentations made to teachers, classmates, parents, and community. All SMMS students are required to complete the Exhibition and are guided through the whole process: the research, scheduling & time management and presentation with visual & creative pieces.
“In its original form, the Exhibition is the public expression by a student of real command over what he or she has learned.”
–Theodore Sizer, Chairman of the Coalition of Essential Schools