During the 2020 - 2021 school year there are between 700 to 725 students who attend Jane Mears Middle School in grades 7 and 8.
The Mears mascot is a black panther and our school colors are gold and black.
Mears Middle School is named after Jane Mears. Mrs. Mears helped to form the first school in Anchorage in 1915. The Pioneer School House is currently an historic building. A biography of Jane Wainwright Mears can be found on the Alaska History website.
Mears is organized around a middle school, team format. The students of a team generally share the same science, langauge arts, math, and social studies teacher. This gives students a smaller learning community since a team typically consists of only 135 students. A teams' teachers have a specific time period during the day in which to meet together. Some activites that teachers do during this time are: discuss upcoming projects and coordinate curriculum, discuss students who stand out and those who may need additional help, they plan field trips, team events, and more. Use the Team link on the left to see a list of team names and the teachers that contribute to that team.
The Anchorage School District Middle School Handbook provides students with rules, guidelines, and procedures for many things. All students should read the handbook and be familiar with what it contains. Use the link on the left to access a digital version of the handbook.
Middle School Program of Studies
The Program of Studies is a 74 page pdf file. A link the file is below.
The following description is from the introduction page.
"This Program of Studies is designed to assist parents and students with course selection by giving a brief description of the curriculum content of each course. School district-required courses in language arts, mathematics, physical education, health, science and social studies are offered at each school. The elective courses taught at your school are dependent upon the interests of the parents and students, and the availability of staff. Not all elective courses are taught at every school."
Please contact Mears if you have any questions about the curriculum and what classes are available.