CPS Middle School Study 2007 Through 2012

In 2007 the Cambridge School Committee formally convened a Blue Ribbon Commission on Middle Grades Education to identify the strengths and weaknesses of Cambridge’s existing school structure and consider alternative models that might better serve the educational needs of all CPS students. The Commission issued its report in June 2008 but stopped short of a specific recommendation either to retain the current K-8 structure or to change it to a different model. Shortly after being appointed in July 2009, Superintendent Jeff Young was assigned the task of bringing forth a recommendation on the question by April 2010.

Building on the many reports, forums, questionnaires and other data-collection tools that were used in past years to gather input from stakeholders on this important topic, Dr. Young and his administrative team set out to re-connect with faculty/staff, families and citizens, and other interested parties to learn more about the community’s current thinking about how best to educate students in the 11-14 year-old age range.

For a guiding principle, Dr. Young asked people to think about the question “What do students in this age range need in their education—to help them develop as individuals and to prepare them for the next phase of their formal schooling?”

The extensive community dialogue that resulted from this question formed the foundation for the Innovation Agenda. View the Middle Grades Initiative Timeline >>

Read the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Middle School Youth >>

Video Links:

Middle Grades Video Presentation
Video from Dec. 6 Blue Ribbon Commission Meeting