Thoughtexchange 2017 - Middle School Survey

Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
The Thoughtexchange is now closed. You may only re-enter the exchange to discover "top thoughts" from participants. The results of the exchanges will help inform the Middle School Review Committee’s work and the administration’s spring recommendation to the Board of Education. Read more here.

District 64 is conducting a survey -- called Thoughtexchange -- about its middle school program. The Exchange will be open and live from November 1 - 14. We want to hear from you about how we are fulfilling our middle school mission and your ideas for improvement.

We encourage all members of the District 64 community -- parents/guardians, Park Ridge-Niles community members, and our staff -- to participate. Please feel free to share the links below with others so that their voices can be heard.

For those who participated in our first Thoughtexchange in spring 2016, you will note that the process has been streamlined: you will be able to share thoughts, review and rate thoughts of others, then discover top thoughts right away. You will be able to move between the three questions, and even re-enter the conversation again later to participate further as other people contribute their ideas. Because this process will be live from November 1– 14, you can watch the conversation as it grows and changes during this time period.


This fall, District 64 launched a Middle School Review as part of the 2020 Vision Strategic Plan. The review is linked to Objective 1: To  Implement an Engaging, Motivating, and Challenging Educational Program that prepares our students to achieve success in high school and beyond.

In its work thus far, the Review Committee defined our middle school mission. A mission helps clarify our purpose and guide our work. Our D64 middle school mission is based on the characteristics of effective middle schools as outlined by the Association of Middle Level Education --  the foremost organization focused on how schools can best meet the unique needs of its adolescent learners.

READ MORE ABOUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL REVIEW HERE including the mission statement; information on the committee’s activities to-date; AMLE"S characteristics of effective middle schools; and FAQ's about the structure of our middle school schedule and our middle school class offerings; and more!

Results of our ThoughtExchange will help inform the Committee’s work and the administration’s spring recommendation to the Board of Education.