Award Year: 2020

Field Middle School

2055 Landwehr Road
Northbrook, IL, 60062-6413

(847) 272-6884

Dr. April Miller, Principal at time of Nomination

West Northfield School District 31

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To provide world-class, whole-child education and equitable opportunities for all students in an environment that respects diversity to inspire minds and to build futures, together.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 41%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 38%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Field celebrates a diverse student population and love of learning

Field celebrates a diverse student population and love of learning

Welcome to Northfield School District 31's Field Middle School where we inspire minds and build futures - together! Though a small district located in two affluent suburban communities, the population attending School District 31 is incredibly diverse. As such, the District values equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Over the last several years, District 31 has used many strategies to encourage and challenge students. A key strategy adopted by Field provided all staff members and administrators with training in the Rush Neurobehavioral Executive Functioning program, which provides a research-based foundation for building key executive-functioning strategies and skills necessary for life-long success. The school purchases, distributes, and teaches students to use adopted materials, which include an innovative all-in-one binder/backpack/computer bag, specifically colored plastic folders that correspond to specific classes, a Chromebook, and a paper agenda. All students receive the same materials, and teachers utilize and reinforce these materials. Students who have graduated from District 31 have reported that they have adapted this system to their high school experiences. In addition, advisory classes specifically teach best practice strategies and skills for organizing, study, goal setting, and more.

Field also established a Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model. A recently adopted strategy created a weekly early dismissal to provide educators with additional professional time each week to meet in PLCs, support committee work, and participate in professional development - with no substitutes required.

As the school demographics continue to evolve, Field continues to focus on what we can do to push our school to become a national school of excellence. Field supports our learning environment by continuously improving curriculum, instruction, technology, social and emotional supports, and opportunities for all students to learn and succeed at high levels.