facts about Page Middle School:
- Grades served: sixth through eighth
- Average enrollment: 670 students
- Faculty: The school administration includes two administrative staff members, two counselors, three teachers’ aides, 40 classrooms teachers and other support staff (17 of whom hold advanced degrees), and a nutrition specialist.
- Facility description: A modern structure comprising a cafeteria, a gymnasium, a fitness room, a hospitality room, and an industrial tech shop. Outside, there is a football field and several activity fields.
- Education: The curriculum adheres to the Arizona public school standards. Core academic subjects are taught, as well as Navajo history, culture and language.
- Special Education: Special education resource classes are offered in language arts and math. Special education teachers provide support in the regular classroom setting or in the self-contained special education classroom.
- Nutrition: A nutritious breakfast and lunch is provided each day. Seventy-five percent of students enrolled qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced-Price Meal program.
- Transportation: Many students at Page Middle live far from the school. Buses provide transportation each day. Travel time for some students can be an hour or more each way.
- Academic Schedule: The academic year typically starts in early August and ends in late May. Traditional national holidays are observed. The school is on an “A/B” block schedule.
- Sports & Activities: Extracurricular activities offered include football, cross country, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, track, and clubs in chess, history, reading, math, yoga, and drama.
The town of Page is located amid the stark mesas, wild terrain, and incredible desert beauty of north-central Arizona, only a few miles from the Utah border. One of the youngest communities in the United States, Page began in 1957 as a housing camp for workers building the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River. Today, the majority of its residents are Navajo; the town lies just off the western fringes of the Navajo reservation, which comprises more than 27,000 square miles, extending into both Utah and New Mexico.
Despite an ancient history and revered culture, Page’s economy is weak, and high unemployment and social problems fuel a cycle of poverty that has persisted for many years. For this reason, Page Middle School serves as a beacon of hope to its surrounding community, providing quality education – the key to breaking the cycle of poverty so that students may rise above the difficult economic circumstances from which they come.