When the school year begins again in the fall, Danbury's third middle school will reopen. School officials recently went on a walk through of the West Side Middle School Academy that showed construction is coming to an end. All of the faculty and staff have been hired.
Deputy Superintendent Dr Bill Glass says 300 6th, 7th and 8th graders in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program will be located at the former Mill Ridge Intermediate School. The STEM program is moving from Rogers Park Middle School.
There will also be a Global Studies Academy open to 6th graders. The following year, those 100 students will move to 7th grade and another 100 6th graders will come to the school. In the third year of it's opening another 100 students will be accepted filling out the Academy.
There was an application process for each Academy, using a traditional lottery process. There is a waiting list because there's a lot of excited generated by the small learning academies.
Mill Ridge was closed in 2010 and is being retrofitted with these academies to relieve overcrowding in the schools and to provide more specialized choices for students.