History - BMS School History
BMS School History
The doors of Beaufort Middle School officially opened on July 17, 2001. The building that had housed Beaufort High School for forty-one (41) years was remodeled, renovated, retrofitted and readied for middle school students.
Overcrowding at Lady's Island Middle School was alleviated with the opening of Beaufort Middle School. While the Beaufort River became the natural division between Lady's Island Middle and Beaufort Middle, students were given a choice of four different programs from the two schools. Programs offered at Beaufort Middle School included the International Studies Program and the Humanities Program. With the exception of new personnel, the three administrators, classified staff, and International Studies faculty transferred to Beaufort Middle School directly from Lady's Island Middle School.
Opening the doors of Beaufort Middle School also meant closing the doors on the Humanities Program of Beaufort. This was an off-campus, pilot program of Lady's Island Middle School founded in 1998 with the mission to redesign the three year middle school experience. Over the summer of 2001, students and staff moved from their small temporary facility located on Burroughs Avenue into a much larger space in the new Beaufort Middle School to become the Humanities Program.
The International Studies Program at Beaufort Middle School integrated the core curriculum with an inquisitive, creative study of various countries and cultures of the world. Students analyzed the connections of events, languages, and people, as they explored the historical and contemporary contributions of particular world regions. They engaged in active learning and product based assessments, emerging from the program as globally aware citizens with an appreciation of the contributions and interconnectivity of mankind across cultures and regions of the world. Art, music and foreign language courses linked instruction to regions of the world and complimented the core curriculum. Originally organized on a traditional school calendar, the International Studies Program converted to a four-quarter, year-round calendar in 2002.
The Humanities Program emphasized integrated studies and product based learning in an environment where students were encouraged to think and create. The curriculum rotated around a spiral of cultural history, linking the humanities (history, literature, arts and architecture, philosophy and religion, food, festivals and fashion) and connecting them to other academic areas. Students were active learners as they traveled through a comprehensive, sequential study of global history that included researching and working on projects alongside community artists and visiting scholars, The Humanities Program operated on a four-quarter year-round calendar that allowed for twelve distinct periods of history to be studied over the three-year middle school experience.