FAQs
1. How can students apply to attend Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

2. How many students will be accepted into Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

3. How will you handle middle-school-aged siblings that apply to the school?

4. Can students be transferred to their zoned middle school during the school year for any reason?

5. How do parents secure their child’s enrollment in the Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School after the child is accepted?

6. Do students have to re-apply after they have been accepted?

7. Can students who have struggled in the past with grades and behavior apply to Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

8. My child loves math and science, but she’s not really interested in the fine arts program. Does she have to take the courses in the fine arts program if she attends Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

9. Will there be advanced level courses available at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School? What about Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs?

10. Can students attend Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School and participate in extracurricular activities, like football and band, at their zoned middle school?

11. Will language arts and social studies be taught at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

12. Do students have to take any of the sports that the school offers for Physical Education in the seventh and eighth grade if they don’t like them?

13. How will students who live far away and are dependent upon school bus transportation get to Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

14. Will students have to meet grade, attendance and/or behavior standards or requirements to be admitted into Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

15. This is a school of choice, and so is Wunsche. Does that mean that my daughter will automatically get into Wunsche if she attends Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School? Does she have to attend Wunsche even if she doesn’t want to?

16. Will it be difficult for a student attending Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School to make the transition to a traditional high school in ninth grade?

17. Is the school aligned with TEKS objectives for TAKS testing?

18. Was this school modeled after another school?

19. Does the student have to declare a ‘major’ in the fine arts program or Career and Technical Education (CTE) strands?

20. How is the teacher selection process made?

21. When will the student selection process occur?

22. Will you continue to accept applications past the deadline?

23. Are students who are currently attending private school allowed to apply for this school?

24. When will parents know if their child has been accepted?

25. How long will the school day be at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

26. Will there be a supply list?

27. Will standard textbooks be utilized?

28. Will students be able to participate in clubs or organizations?

29. Will tutorials be offered?

1. How can students apply to attend Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

A parent or child can get an application form from the current school’s counselor. Parents should complete the form with their child and return it to the counselor. Only those students who complete an application will have a chance to attend the school. Applications will be available at each school beginning on Monday, January 26 and are due no later than the end of the school day on Friday, February 20. Top

2. How many students will be accepted into Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

About 1,200 students, consisting of about 400 students in each grade level (sixth, seventh and eighth). If we have more than 420 students apply within one grade level, the district’s external consultants will utilize a random student selection process to determine which students will be accepted. Ideally, about 100 applicants from each of the six middle schools in the district will be randomly selected to obtain the first 600 students. All other applicants will be randomly selected from a district-wide pool that will consider factors like campus size and overcrowding. A waiting list will be created from the remaining applicants in the districtwide pool. The waiting list will also be formulated by the random selection process. The students on the waiting list will fill any vacancies left by students who transfer from the school, or who decide not to return after completing the school year. Top

3. How will you handle middle-school-aged siblings that apply to the school?

Siblings of accepted and current students will gain automatic acceptance into the school if they have applied. Top

4. Can students be transferred to their zoned middle school during the school year for any reason?

Parents of an accepted student must agree to allow their child to complete at least one school year at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School. Once the school year is complete, parents do have the option to enroll their child in the zoned middle school. Top

5. How do parents secure their child’s enrollment in Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School after the child is accepted?

Parents must sign a letter of intent to ensure their child’s enrollment for the upcoming school year. A signed and returned letter of intent signifies that the child is committed to attending Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School for the entire school year. All letters of intent must be submitted to the students’ home campuses by Friday, March 13, 2009. Top

6. Do students have to re-apply after they have been accepted?

Students who are accepted do not have to re-apply. Their parents must fill out a letter of intent to return to Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School for the following school year. The letters of intent will be sent to each student’s home in the early part of the spring semester. Top

7. Can students who have struggled in the past with grades and behavior apply to Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

Yes. We welcome the application of any fifth, sixth or seventh grade Spring ISD student who has an interest in math, science and fine arts. Also, any student who is interested in any of the different programs or electives that we offer is encouraged to apply. Top

8. My child loves math and science, but she’s not really interested in the fine arts program. Does she have to take the courses in the fine arts program if she attends Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

All middle school students will have to earn one fine arts/performing arts credit. We will try to offer selections outside the fine arts program to satisfy that FA/PA credit, but staffing limitations may make that impossible. Therefore, we strongly encourage students to try one of the strands within the fine arts program. All students who attend the school will be required to take the integrated math and science curriculum. Top

9. Will there be advanced level courses available at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School? What about Special Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs?

Tier II (enrichment – same year), Tier III (one year) and Tier IV (two years) courses will be available for students. In addition, academic and behavioral programs, interventions and accommodations to meet the needs of all students, including Special Education and ESL students will be available. Top

10. Can students attend Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School and participate in extracurricular activities, like football and band, at their zoned middle school?

No. If a student chooses to attend Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School, then the student will not have an opportunity to participate in activities such as football, basketball, volleyball, track, band or choir at any middle school. Top

11. Will language arts and social studies be taught at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

Students will take all of the middle school courses required in the district’s Program of Studies, including language arts and social studies. The language arts and social studies curricula will support the integrated math and science concepts that students will learn. Top

12. Do students have to take any of the sports that the school offers for Physical Education in the seventh and eighth grade if they don’t like them?

While we do encourage students to try one of the UIL-preparatory sports in the seventh and eighth grade, we plan to offer a regular physical education class for students who are not interested in those sports. However, staffing restrictions may dictate that we cannot offer regular PE for seventh- and eighth-grade students. Top

13. How will students who live far away and are dependent upon school bus transportation get to Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

The transportation department will develop an efficient plan to transport all Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School students to school. The plan will be finalized and presented later in the school year. Top

14. Will students have to meet grade, attendance and/or behavior standards or requirements to be admitted into Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

No. The only requirement is for the student to have an interest in any of the programs or electives we offer. Students will not be expelled and sent to their zoned school for poor grades, behavior or attendance. However, our staff will offer the appropriate remediation, issue the appropriate consequences and take the necessary measures to ensure the success of all students who attend. Top

15. This is a school of choice, and so is Wunsche. Does that mean that my daughter will automatically get into Wunsche if she attends the school of choice? Does she have to attend Wunsche even if she doesn’t want to?

Students will not automatically be accepted into Carl Wunsche Sr. High School because they have attended Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School, nor do they have to attend Wunsche. However, students will learn concepts and skills that would help them be successful there. Top

16. Will it be difficult for a student attending Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School to make the transition to a traditional high school in ninth grade?

The transition from Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School to a traditional high school should not be difficult for students who have been successful at the middle school. Opportunities exist now at the high school level for students to continue developing skills that they may learn at the new middle school. For example, dance programs and independent study of guitar and piano are available now. In addition, the district’s program directors are exploring ways to expand upon the offerings that currently exist. Top

17. Is the school aligned with TEKS objectives for TAKS testing?

Yes. All students will know what Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) objectives they will be studying when new concepts are introduced to them. This is one measure to help us achieve our goal of exemplary student achievement. Top

18. Was this school modeled after another school?

The district looked at other successful schools while this school was still in the planning stage. Some aspects were patterned after other schools, but this school will be unique to Spring ISD. Top

19. Does the student have to declare a ‘major’ in the fine arts program or Career and Technical Education (CTE) strands?

No. Students can move out of one elective course and into another at the end of a semester or year, depending on when the elective course ends. Top

20. How is the teacher selection process made?

We will select teachers who are committed to doing whatever it takes to help all students excel. We will evaluate them based on several factors including student TAKS performance, years of experience, professional development training and how they have integrated their training into their instruction. Some elective courses in our Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will require teachers to have specialized certification. We will recruit those candidates through various media, including newspaper and radio advertisements. This recruitment strategy has proven effective for Carl Wunsche Sr. High School in finding qualified teachers to fill their specialized positions. Top

21. When will the student selection process occur?

The student selection process will occur on Monday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the boardroom at the Gordon M. Anderson Leadership Center. Parents are invited to attend. In order for students’ applications to be included in the random student selection process, they must be submitted to the students’ home campuses no later than the end of the school day on Friday, February 20, 2009. Top

22. Will you continue to accept applications past the deadline?

Yes. If there are available slots after the random student selection process, they will be filled by students who applied after the deadline on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is a waiting list created during the random student selection, all late applicants will be placed at the end of that list in the order in which they were received. Top

23. Are students who are currently attending private school allowed to apply for this school?

No. Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School will only accept applications from any fifth- through seventh-grade students who attend a Spring ISD elementary or middle school. However, if a parent enrolls his or her child into a Spring ISD school, the child will be eligible to apply. Since we will accept applications after the deadline, it doesn’t matter when a child enrolls during the course of the school year. Top

24. When will parents know if their child has been accepted?

We will mail a letter to all applicants stating that they have either been accepted or are on the waiting list. Letters will be mailed no later than Friday, March 13. Accepted applicants will receive a letter of intent to enroll along with their acceptance letters. Letters of intent will be due to their home campuses no later than Friday, April 10. Students will complete their course selection sheets in late April and early May. Top

25. How long will the school day be at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School?

The school day will begin at 9:25 a.m. and end at 4:40 p.m. A copy of the bell schedule is posted on the school’s Web site. Students will be permitted into the building no earlier than 8:15 a.m. We expect all students to be picked up at the conclusion of after-school activities by no later than 6:30 p.m. Top

26. Will there be a supply list?

Yes. The supply list will be made available later this spring. It will not be much different than the supply list at the district’s other middle schools. Top

27. Will standard textbooks be utilized?

Yes. In addition, we will supplement our curriculum with other useful resources, including effective lesson plans, Web sites, software and DVDs. Top

28. Will students be able to participate in clubs or organizations?

The school plans to offer a variety of clubs and organizations in which students can participate, including Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, math and science clubs, and Chess Club. We will also give our teachers and students the flexibility to create other non-traditional clubs if they choose. We want all of our students to feel like they are 'connected' in our school. We will facilitate that by creating as many clubs and activities for our students as possible. Top

29. Will tutorials be offered?

Yes. We will have tutorials available for students before and after school. We will explore offering Saturday school for students in need of additional assistance as well. Top

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