Griswold Middle School was originally designed to meet the educational needs of Rocky Hill's sixth, seventh and eight grade students. A $7.7 million building and renovation project at Griswold was completed in 1996, thereby providing additional classroom space. Presently, more than 600 students attend Griswold Middle School. The school's curriculum includes an extensive list of academic and extracurricular programs. In 1997 Griswold Middle School was selected as a "Middle School of the Year" by the Connecticut Association of Schools. In 2000 the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 2002 it was chosen as a Spotlight School by the New England League of Schools. In December 2007 GMS again was named a "Spotlight School." In 2008-2009, Griswold also was again recognized by NELMS as a "Spotlight School" and by the Connecticut Association of Schools for outstanding "Teaming Practices."
Although Griswold Middle School is relatively small in size, its program offerings are not. A rigorous academic program includes courses in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Foreign Language, Music, Art, Physical Education, Health, Family and Consumer Science, Technology Education, and Media and Developmental Guidance. In addition the school takes great pride in its offerings of musical electives, which include Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, a Strings Program, and Select Chorus. A continuum of services in special education is also available to assist students with special needs.
In recognition of the unique developmental needs of middle school/age youngsters, Griswold Middle School offers a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities to complete the challenging academic program. These activities include, but are not limited to, student council, yearbook, ski club, newspaper club, and drama club. The school also participates in a seasonal interscholastic athletic competition in soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, cheerleading, cross-country, and track and field. An extensive intramural program provides opportunities for all students.
Students at Griswold Middle School regularly attain above average scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test and, each quarter, approximately one/third of the students achieve honor roll recognition. In addition, Griswold Middle School students have won accolades in the Foreign Language National Exams and Poetry Recitation Contests, National Geographic Geography Bee, Math Counts and numerous essay contests. Community service activities also offer students opportunities to give back to their community. Our GMS Cares Program includes a variety of activities ranging from visits to convalescent homes to raking leaves for the elderly. The staff at Griswold Middle School is proud of the accomplishments of its students.
The Griswold Middle School community strives to provide the best possible educational experience for the adolescents in Rocky Hill. We recognize that this is a team effort between students, parents, staff and all members of the community.