Award Year: 2014

Van Hoosen Middle School

1339 N. Adams Road
Rochester Hills, MI, 48306-3870

(248) 726-4900

Mr. Robert Daniel Mooney, Principal at time of Nomination

Rochester Community School District

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Mission

Excellence in Education: Learning, Growing, Changing for Today and Tomorrow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 76%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
8th grade students conducting science experiments at a local stream.

8th grade students conducting science experiments at a local stream.

Located in northern Oakland County, Michigan, Van Hoosen Middle School serves 845 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Van Hoosen carries out the Rochester Community Schools’ vision, "College Ready, Career Ready, Life Ready" every day through a standards-based, vertically aligned curriculum. Dedicated staff members work with involved parents and a supportive community to create a Professional Learning Community that enhances student learning and school climate.

Instruction is based on best practices; differentiation is utilized to meet student needs; and assessment guides instruction within a safe, collegial, and respectful environment. Technology use is integrated in meaningful ways and teacher leaders attend professional conferences each year to keep all staff abreast of the latest innovations. All staff engage in continual improvement and collaborate to develop plans for students that help increase critical thinking skills and promote a culture of thinking.

Van Hoosen educates the "whole child", embracing the concept of "every child, every opportunity". Our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) plan creates a nurturing climate for all students. This was no more evident than when Owen, a Van Hoosen special needs student and basketball team manager, wanted to play in a game. His teammates plotted to make that a reality. When he sank two three-point shots in the game, the students made him such a Twitter sensation that ESPN turned his story into an E60 documentary, #Longshot. Owen’s story illustrates how well Van Hoosen accomplishes its mission of providing the best opportunities possible for every student.