Booker T. Washington Middle School relies on a strong art-focused curriculum. Our students learn the importance of one of the following: theater, instrumental music, media arts, dance, or visual arts. Beginning in 6th grade, our students develop their arts abilities and choose a discipline. Students use these skills to immerse themselves in the core academic classes that will propel them to a high school of their choice. We are a restorative practices school, where students become problem solvers - not problem makers - and find the value of relationships. Through the strength of our culture, academic programming, and arts prominence, our students are prepared to be well-rounded individuals who take on challenges and change the environment around them.
Annual Review Recommendation:
On January 23, 2024, the Board of School Commissioners voted on a set of recommendations related to this school community. The Board voted to approve combining Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West’s high school program with Augusta Fells Savage Institute for Visual Arts High School and closing BDJ in the summer of 2024. This means BDJ’s middle school program will sunset at the end of this school year, and BDJ middle school students and their families will be supported through a personalized placement process to find another middle school better able to meet student needs for the 2024-25 school year. This school has been identified as a potential receiver for middle grades students among other options. To learn about these decisions or decisions for other schools, please visit the City Schools Annual Review of Schools webpage.