Central is one of two middle schools in the White Bear Lake School District. One of our unique physical characteristics is that we are the site of the old junior high, and we are adjacent to the original high school in White Bear Lake from the 1930's. We are proud of the historical aspect of our building, which is located close to downtown and resides in a residential neighborhood.
The mission of the White Bear Lake Area Middle Schools is to challenge our students to become:
- inquiring, lifelong learners with the skills to succeed in the interconnected world of the 21st century
- engaged citizens who take action in their local, national, and global communities
- compassionate, respectful, and persevering young people
We strive to achieve this mission through a rigorous curriculum and within a caring environment that supports students' academic, social, and emotional needs.
Central is filled with caring and compassionate teachers who set high standards in a nurturing environment. Our students are excited about learning and are involved in numerous after school activities.
Our students have won numerous awards and competitive events over the years. The CMS Math Team took top honors placing 1st in all 5 Team Meets they participated in this year. 22 students qualified to compete at the State History Day Competition. Central Middle School received 3 Gold Keys, 5 Silver Keys and 9 Honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. According to NWEA MAP tests, over the past five years, our students have consistently scored in the 85th percentile on reading growth measures and in the 70th percentile on math growth measures.
At Central, parents are actively involved in their child's education. Numerous opportunities are available for volunteering, and parents are always welcome in the building and in the classroom.
We have many partners at Central Middle School. Hope For Tomorrow is a mentoring program with local business men and women and select Central students. Youth Frontiers is a well-known advocate for students in Minnesota and they work with our students to make sound and healthy decisions. Numerous adults volunteer their time to talk with our students and to help our students make connections between the classroom and the local and international community. For example, adults have spoken to our students on topics such as careers, engineering projects, serving in the Armed Forces while being stationed overseas, invasive species, architectural designs, modern math dilemmas, the invention process, life in other countries, how the legislature process really works, Special Olympics, and guest authors have spoken to our students on the writing process.