The Ruffing Middle School is a dynamic academic environment for young adolescents in grades 7 and 8. The curriculum is rigorous with a daily schedule of classes, graded assignments and specialist teachers for each subject. An emphasis is placed on expository and creative writing, as well as oral presentations, preparing students to excel at these essential skills. Humanities instruction involving novel discussions and history provide a thematic framework for coursework. In addition, daily algebra math classes, aligned with inquiry and lab-based science classes focusing on physics, chemistry and genetics, provide students with a strong math and science foundation. Additional offerings, including foreign language, art, music, physical education and interscholastic athletics, ensure a rich and comprehensive experience for each student.
Ruffing's Middle School program emphasizes ongoing interaction with the greater community. Students have the opportunity for extended and local travel, cultural experiences, and weekly community service and service learning opportunities at the Cleveland Foodbank, Judson Retirement Communities, and a local community garden. Such experiences provide meaningful life lessons to our students, ensuring they are not only prepared academically, but also socially and emotionally so as to develop a strong sense of integrity, character and social justice.