Western Middle School
Western Middle School
2201 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40212
Serves students in 6th thru 8th grade; offers wide variety of programs designed to substantially improve students' academic achievement by strengthening analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
Partnership programs include:
- Student field placements - Methods students from the College of Education and Human Development as part of their course requirement work with students with academic needs in developing a tutoring plan. The plan is designed to help struggling students learn better. UofL students are observing and helping in the classroom and cafeteria.
- Mentoring Program - The College Prep (TCP) Mentoring Program - Some thirty-five UofL students serve as mentors to WMS students. Mentors meet with students each week and work with them in setting personal goals, assist them with homework, and inform them about college among other areas. This program has been in place for the past three years and has served more than 350 students.
- Student Leadership Program - The mentoring program was restructured to offer a leadership program for some 25 students representing grades six, seven, and eight. The leadership program was offered in conjunction with SGA and culminated with a tour of campus.
- Music Tutoring Program - Music education students work with teachers and students providing assistance in the music program. Assistance is provided to those students who need individual attention.
- Consultation as part of the school's redesign has shifted to an advisory role. UofL personnel from the Office of Community Engagement and the School of Music Dance Academy continue to serve on the advisory committee.
- Student-athletes from the soccer team serve as mentors to students. This program is beneficial to Western Middle students, who for cultural or religious reasons cannot participate in dance classes. The program is a blend of soccer, which is familiar to many of the foreign-born students at Western Middle School and US culture and academics. It is a great program to integrate foreign students into the US and the educational system.
Programs in which the University of Louisville was previously involved
- Campus visits - Each semester some 100 students are hosted on UofL campus. Students meet with faculty and students and learn about the academic as well as the non-academic aspect of college. The program is designed to familiarize students about college and educate them about admissions, majors, financial aid, campus life, and other aspects of the university.
- Consultation to School's Redesign - Representatives from UofL Dance Academy and the Office of the Vice President for Community Engagement were invited to serve on the school's redesign committee. Both individuals brought university resources to strengthen programs in the school's new mission in visual and performing arts.
For more information about the school, contact:
Steve St. Clair, Interim Principal