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In former years, the faculty and staff required students, parents and teachers to sign the  home/school compact. This reflects the belief that education is a team effort involving teachers, students and parents. While the compact no longer appears in the student planner, it still reflects the values of the school.


Home/School Compact

A challenging instructional program encourages all Stanford Middle School to reach their highest potential. Classroom instruction includes strong reading and writing components, while providing a variety of opportunities for students to become responsible, productive citizens. Learning is student-centered, and instructional strategies focus on the unique needs of adolescents. A school wide emphasis on meaning-making and critical thinking strategies creates an instructional environment that stimulates academic, social, and cultural learning. Staff assists in organizational skills, assuring students are prepared to learn. We commit to a safe, secure campus that facilitates academics. As a community of learners, Stanford students, parents/guardians, and staff share responsibility for high academic achievement and are in consensus that:


  • The staff has high expectations for academic achievement that are clearly communicated to students and parents.
  • The staff uses a variety of instructional strategies and multiple forms of assessment to evaluate student progress toward meeting educational goals.
  • The staff maintains on-going communication about school programs and events.
  • The staff clearly communicates that Stanford is a community of learners.
  • The staff focuses on students needs by creating a positive school/classroom climate that promotes academic, social and cultural learning.
  • The staff consistently reinforces school rules, policies, and expectations to facilitate learning for all students.
  • The school maintains facilities that are safe and in working order.
  • The school has an emergency/safety plan that is communicated to students and parents.
  • The school provides specific activities and strategies which enhance self-esteem and promote the development of positive interpersonal relationships.


  • Students demonstrate a clear understanding of school wide expectations for high achievement and accept responsibility for learning.
  • Students recognize their potential, set personal goals, and know how to seek help in achieving their goals.
  • Students assume responsibility for taking information home to parents.
  • Students attend school each day in appropriate academic attire, enter class on time, and are ready to learn.
  • Students assume responsibility for bringing all necessary books, materials, and supplies to class each day.
  • Students follow school rules, policies and expectations.
  • Students assume responsibility for maintaining a safe, clean campus.
  • Students clearly understand the school’s emergency/safety plan.
  • Students use conflict management and decision making skills to resolve problems in a positive manner.


  • Parents actively support high standards of academic achievement for students.
  • Parents serve as advocates for their students to help them realize their potential and achieve their educational goals.
  • Parents assume responsibility for keeping informed about their students’ educational programs and progress.
  • Parents ensure that students are in appropriate academic attire and arrive to school on time each day.
  • Parents designate a homework plan/structure and provide a place for students to keep books, materials, and supplies at home.
  • Parents support school rules, policies, and expectations.
  • Parents help students develop pride in their school.
  • Parents clearly understand the schools’ emergency safety plan.
  • Parents provide support for students to develop interpersonal and communication skills that enable them to become responsible, productive citizens.