Middle School

Imagine a small safe and nurturing environment where middle school students can excel academically, personally and socially. Salmon Bay School is committed to meeting the needs of young adolescents as they transition from elementary to middle school, and then to help them gain skills, confidence and knowledge to be successful at high school and beyond.

Complete Middle School Experience

High expectations for academic rigor: science, math, language arts, social studies, PE/health and exploratories

  • Same Seattle School District (SSD) curriculum as taught in all middle schools
  • Strong math/science program: all students ready for high school math, and higher, full year science each in 6,7 & 8th grades
  • Readers and Writers Workshop
  • In-depth, challenging and creative social studies projects
  • SSD sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, track, ultimate Frisbee— no cuts: all students play JV or varsity

More than a traditional middle school

  • Middle school students attend from all over the city with transportation provided in the Whitman and Hamilton reference areas
  • Additional focus on social justice and global citizenship
  • Students are organized into a “team“ with teachers who know them well and develop strong relationships
  • Integrated, hands-on curriculum
  • Rotating exploratory classes
  • Focus on improving organizational and study skills
  • Middle school has 360 students in grade 6-8. 64 new 6th grade students join our continuing 56 students from Salmon Bay's 5th grade
  • Teachers and students have mutual respect for one another

Outdoor Education Program

  • 3-day camp for all students every September
  • 4-day camp in spring for 8th graders before promotion
  • Winter Enrichment Program (WEP): six weeks of full day Friday experiential learning in January and February — skiing, snowboarding, skating, hiking, international cooking, jewelry making, city touring, ice skating and team sports

Quotes from current Salmon Bay Middle School Students

“We don’t just learn facts, there are fun ways to be educational.”

“It is a good environment. Students are nice to each other.”

“We don’t just write a report on something.  Right now we are working in a group, creating a new country.  It is hard but it is fun.”