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AMLE believes that the true middle school is one that has been planned and organized to address the developmental and cultural needs of students of ages 10-15, generally including grades 5-9. We articulate this middle school model through the publication of our landmark position paper, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe, now in its fifth edition.

Additional AMLE Resources:

Middle School Journal

Middle Level Research Summaries

Recommended Arizona Middle Grades Resources:

Western Region Middle School eSports Conference

Arizona Association of Junior High Student Councils

Arizona Future Business Leaders - Middle School Level

Arizona School Counselors Association

Center for the Future of Arizona

Arizona Business & Education Coalition

My Future AZ

AMLE Schools of Distinction®

AMLE is on a mission to recognize schools committed to continuous improvement and the characteristics of successful middle grades schools.

AMLE Schools of Distinction is both a recognition and continuous improvement program open to any school that educates students aged 10-15.

Schools will be celebrated for their commitment to the middle grades best practices outlined in AMLE’s foundational text, The Successful Middle School: This We Believe, while also being guided through a process of self-assessment and strategic vision setting to help foster ongoing growth and success.

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Thank you to Mountain America Credit Union for being a proud AzAMLE business partner and supporter of middle-level education in Arizona!

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