Shepard Magnet Middle School is an IB school located in Durham, NC. We serve 518 students
in middle grades 6th - 8th. Our students make up a diverse population that reflect our wider
community. They are warmly embraced by our staff.
Students at Shepard are assigned to teams by their Common Core classes (i.e. Mathematics,
Languages Arts, Science, and Humanities). This personal setting affords teachers and students
the opportunity to get to know each other well. Plus, students take Discovery classes including
Band, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Law & Forensics, Technology (industrial, business),
Visual arts, Drama, and Health and Physical Education. In addition, Shepard students can also
choose from a wide range of extracurricular activities including clubs, academic competitions,
and school sports that meet a variety of interest.
Shepard highly values the input of the local community and parents who remain instrumental
in providing support for building a solid foundation of 21st century academic success.
Our mission is to provide a premiere educational environment where all students acquire knowledge,
skills, and values necessary to live enriched lives as productive members in a global community. Our
goal is to support an integrated studies program, centered on our magnet themes--forensics and law
related education, technology, and foreign languages.
At Shepard Middle School, we believe the balanced development of a child requires the commitment
and active involvement of the entire school community to foster lifelong learning. This community
includes students, parents, educators, administrators, surrounding universities, local businesses, and
community volunteers. Our school family believes all students can and must achieve, and continually
pursue objectives to improve student achievement, provide innovative programming that extends the
North Carolina Standard Course of Study, and to celebrate diversity through an international focus.
As an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP), Shepard offers a rigorous academic
curriculum for grades 6-8 that challenge students to be prepared for advanced intellectual pursuits on
the high school and collegiate level, combined with active and responsible citizenship. Successful
achievement in the academically rich environment prepares students for continuation of the IB Middle
Years Programme in grades 9 and 10. Completion of the program provides a solid preparation for
students planning to enter the IB Diploma program in grades 11 and 12. The magnet themes are law
and forensics, technology, and foreign languages.
In the Middle Years Programme at Shepard, eight core subject areas are taught against a background
of five areas of interaction. The core subjects are: language arts, foreign languages (Spanish, French,
and Chinese), humanities, science, math, technology, arts, physical education, and forensics, and law-
In response to the unique and changing needs of students in young adolescent stages of development,
Shepard students will be challenged to question, explore, achieve, succeed, belong, participate, and
think analytically. We are committed to creating a school environment that responds to the academic,
social, and personal needs of our children.
Commitment, Academics, Responsibility, and Excellence (CARE) summarizes our focus.