We are a diverse community of learners where high expectations are matched with high support so that every student is academically and socially prepared to thrive in middle school, high school, and their future.
We will prepare students for the future by fostering creative problem solving and leveraging technology as a tool for learning in safe, engaging, and responsive classroom communities designed for the whole child.
Built in 1971 and situated on the outer edge of Montgomery County’s Downcounty area, Argyle’s evolution as a middle school has been both dramatic and emblematic of the development of MCPS. With the advent of the Middle School Magnet Consortium in 2005, Argyle’s enrollment area increased to include students from eight neighboring elementary schools, as well as a limited number of enrollment spaces for students beyond the Downcounty. The school’s focus is on technology and innovation, where all students take at least three elective courses within the technology magnet program while at Argyle and at least one technology elective every year.
In 2019, Argyle middle school became a Verizon Innovative Learning School, where every student and teacher received an iPad to increase the engagement and learning within all classes rooms. Students were assigned the device in the beginning of the year and able to take them home providing secure access to the internet while at home. Current educational research supports the integration of technology throughout school curriculum in the following ways:
- Middle school students learn best when they are actively engaged with the content. Lessons that include technology applications provide teachers with ways to motivate students into becoming active, real-world learners.
- Computer-based strategies help students develop higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Participation in real-life applications included in technology-rich teaching environments promotes the ability to draw analogies, infer relationships, predict outcomes, and analyze data.
- Increase the number of students taking advanced high school science, technology, and mathematics courses.
- Increase the number of students from under-represented groups completing STEM degrees in higher education by building student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Strengthen peer, family, and community support for developing 21st Century Learners.
- Develop the next generation tech creators who will be capable of contributing to the development of critical technologies and professional innovation.
- Establish a pipeline of students, particularly women and students of color, who will pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).