Mission + Principles


McAuliffe Manual Middle School is a diverse, inclusive community of learners that nurtures students to lead fulfilling, balanced lives and transform our community and world. We are committed to the personal growth, high achievement, and equity of opportunities of all students to prepare them for high school and to support their lifelong success and well-being.


McAuliffe Manual has a set of six guiding principles that form the basis of our culture and mission. We want to help every student reach for the stars!

High Expectations

McAuliffe Manual provides a rigorous, safe, and high-performing learning environment where all students are able to excel in academics and grow as learners. We develop important character traits to support students’ lifelong success and well-being.

More Time

McAuliffe Manual students attend approximately eight hours of class, 185 days a year.  Increased instructional time allows our students to master skills and content and to move ahead in their preparation for high school and beyond. Assignments are expected to be completed at school, so there is minimal homework.

Liberal Arts Education

As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, McAuliffe Manual offers every student the opportunity to take full year courses in the arts, physical education, technology/engineering, and world languages in addition to core subjects.  A robust array of offerings in enrichment courses, after school clubs and athletic programs supplement our daily course offerings.

Great Teachers

The foundation of any great school is great teachers. As an innovation school, McAuliffe Manual’s schoolleaders have the power to hire the best teachers to fit our students’ needs and to make the best decisions for our school and our students.


Our program philosophy ensures that students thrive during the middle years. We believe that these years are special so we nurture students’ exploration of themselves and their passions.

Inclusive and Diverse 

We see the diversity of our school community as a strength and a place where each student feels at home. We’re committed to the growthand academic achievement of all of our students. We will eliminate achievement gaps by creating equitable opportunities and supports for all students.

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