Award Year: 2022

Seventy-First Classical Middle School

6830 Raeford Road
Fayetteville, NC, 28304-2629

(910) 867-0092

Mr. Todd Yardis, Principal at time of Nomination

Dr. Queesha Tillman, Current Principal

Title I School, Choice School

Cumberland County School District

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Seventy-First Classical Middle School is committed to providing a safe, caring environment where students will learn, appreciate diversity, display good character, and become responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 48%
  • White: 18%
  • Hispanic: 18%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 11%
SFCMS students love to come to school and learn!

SFCMS students love to come to school and learn!

The administration, faculty, and staff of Seventy-First Middle believe our staff is qualified and highly motivated to ensure that each classroom is one, in which the atmosphere is conducive to learning, questioning is encouraged, and appropriate behavior is expected. We believe each teacher is one who loves learning and recognizes individual scholar needs.

The Seventy-First Classical Middle School Family provides an exceptional education for all of our students by providing the academic rigor necessary for continued success. With roughly 30% of our scholars identified as Academically and Intellectually Gifted, we believe the curriculum accommodates the needs of all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade scholars and a variety of teaching methods that provide appropriate learning experiences for all children. We also strive to emphasize character education and good citizenship through a prescribed dress code and a student code of conduct in an environment of high expectations. We believe that each student is an important individual with unique intellectual, emotional, social, and physical needs. This is evident in our consistent 100% success rate on the North Carolina End-of-Grade tests and in our extracurricular endeavors.

Curriculum and instructional practices incorporate a variety of activities and strategies to accommodate differences in learning styles, and assessments of student learning provide a variety of opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement and mastery. We believe that our commitment to continuous improvement will enable students to become global citizens, problem solvers, creative thinkers, and independent learners.