The James Shields Middle School Community, consisting of students, families, staff, and partners will work together to provide academic rigor and enrichment in a nurturing, positive, and safe environment. As a team, we will create a college and career ready experience that will encourage each student to be RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, COURAGEOUS, WISE, and to act with INTEGRITY. Shields Middle School students will advance their intellectual and leadership qualities to make a positive impact in Brighton Park and beyond.
At Shields MS, we are defining what High School, College and Career Readiness look like at the middle grades level. As one of the few middle schools in Chicago, we are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of grade 5-8 students. We believe that students at this age deserve a program of study that is uniquely specialized to their developmental needs and we strive to provide an experience that will help students grow academically and socially. Aside from core curriculum coursework, additional offerings during the school day include: AVID, Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Visual Art, Music and Band, guidance classes, PE/health and HS/college tours.