Welcome to Gates Chili Middle School! We are proud of our school and invite you to travel "inside GCMS" to learn more about the quality of our instructional programs, staff commitment, and community partnership. Gates Chili Middle School enjoys a proud tradition of academic excellence. We are an innovative school with an educational program that is challenging, integrated, and standards-based. Our instruction and support is focused specifically on the needs and characteristics of young adolescents. The single mid-level building within the Gates Chili School District, GCMS enrolls 900 students in grades six through eight.
GCMS establishes smaller learning communities by dividing a large school into three separate, small communities (6 – 8). The communities are designated a specific hallway in which the students attend their core, academic classes. For exploratory classes, the students have an opportunity to travel to different parts of the building and mix with other students.
Each community has an administrator, faculty, and 6th - 8th-grade students and teachers, with a student assignment process that ensures equitable distribution of students by race/ethnicity, socio-economic status (SES), language, gender, prior educational achievement, and ability/disability. The grade levels within each community are effectively teamed, creating a small personalized learning environment in which interdisciplinary teams share the same students. The three communities are named: Amerks, Red Wings, and Rhinos. The Assistant Principals are:
Our staff is dedicated to the service of children and their families. Together we teach and inspire excellence for all learners.
Dr. Lisa C. Buckshaw, Principal
The district e-newsletter is sent out each month and contains news and updates from around the district as well as current job openings and a list of upcoming events.
Like the Gates Chili Spartans official online store, these new online shopping platforms will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Spartans there have spent the last several months growing their love of learning and the environment through the design and construction of an outdoor learning space. This student-led project is being guided by members of the Outdoor Club, an opportunity that first began this past spring.
Gates Chili students are not throwing away their shot at an authentic connection to the arts! In fact, they’ve never had a friend like ARTS Partners! The district is once again partnering with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) for the national award-winning program, Arts Reaching and Teaching in Schools Partners.