Built in 2014, Laurel Middle School currently enrolls 716 students. The new building, housing both middle and high school students, provides a convenient and seamless transition for students as they prepare for high school. The energetic and caring staff work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to ensure that all students feel safe and welcomed and have opportunities to engage in challenging activities. Courses at Laurel Middle School are offered to meet the needs of a diverse population.
Students in grades 6-8 excelling in academics, have the opportunity to participate in Accelerated and Honors Courses in Math, English, Science and Social Studies. Additionally, students in grade 8, may begin taking College Courses through the Academic Challenge Program at Delaware Technical and Community College. The Laurel Middle School FFA program was organized in March of 2012 and has grown exponentially since then. Chapter Advisor, Sarah Ruggiero, has taken to heart the National FFA Organization’s mission statement. The six-member officer team works with Mrs. Ruggiero in planning meetings throughout the year. Students learn about real-world agriculture careers, increase leadership qualities, complete hands-on activities, and help in their community. The Laurel Middle FFA earned First Place in Livestock Judging at the Delaware State Fair and won three consecutive years in the Agri-science Fair experiment division in the State. FFA members have attended National Conventions across the state. Students are encouraged and rewarded monthly through a Positive Behavior Support Program. During the 19-20 school year, Laurel Middle School incorporated the Medical Detectives Gateway unit from Project Lead the Way. Units engage students in activities that not only build knowledge and skills in areas including computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance. Students participating in Medical Detectives, play the role of real-life medical detectives as they collect and analyze medical data to diagnose disease. They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, measure and interpret vital signs, examine nervous system structure and function, investigate disease outbreaks, and explore how a breakdown within the human body can lead to dysfunction. These activities and lessons develop the pathway for students to enroll in Biomedical Science at Laurel High School. Students receive monthly recognition for academic achievement. Our student athletes may participate in Fall, Winter and Spring sports. Laurel Middle School has continually been a model for academic success, exceeding the state in many assessment categories consistently over the last five years.