Fort Payne Middle School (FPMS) is one of four schools in the Fort Payne City School System. It is situated in the foothills of Lookout Mountain of Fort Payne, Alabama, and services 5th- 8th grade level. The school was built in 1988, and Shane Byrd has been the principal of FPMS since 2008. FPMS has a diverse student population of close to 1,000 students with the following demographic breakdown: 39% Hispanic, 2% black, 54% white, 1% Asian, 2% American Indian, and 2% multi race.
FPMS strives to prepare students to have the skills needed for college and career readiness in the 21st century. The 61 certified teachers at FPMS enhance the learning process through technology integration. Every student is issued a digital device and all classrooms have interactive whiteboards. Edmodo is utilized as a classroom LMS and parent communication tool. The school also implements a year-round digital citizenship curriculum.
Along with the general academics and extra-curricular activities offered at FPMS, STEM-based electives are also available. They include Project Lead the Way (PLTW), AMSTI, Robotics, coding, and multimedia/website creation classes. Students can also enroll in an online career-preparedness course offered by the state's ACCESS online school. Standardized test scores of the students are above state averages.
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