Academic Excellence

High-performing schools with middle grades are academically excellent. They challenge all students to use their minds well.

Developmental Responsiveness

High-performing schools with middle grades are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.

Social Equity

High-performing schools with middle grades are socially equitable, democratic, and fair. They provide every student with high quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities, and supports. They keep positive options open for all students.

Organizational Structures & Processes

High-performing schools with middle grades are learning organizations that establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence.


Association has both individual and institutional memberships. Membership year is July 1 – June 30. Enrollment & Renewal for 2017/2018 may be made as soon as April 1.

4 Easy Ways to Renew or Join:

  1. Renew or Join online now.
  2. Membership form to Mail or fax
  3. Email membership request.
  4. Call (910) 235-3761 to request a membership brochure or W-9.

Proud to be affiliated with the Association for Middle Level Education.


Proud Recipient of a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Grant 


President's Message

Greetings North Carolina Middle Level Educators,

I hope you have had a great summer and that you are anticipating a remarkable school year. By the first of next month, approximately 350,000 middle school students will enter our public middle schools and breathe life back into our buildings. That means that an awesome opportunity to meet the needs of adolescents is just around the corner. What a fabulous gift?

In addition to focusing on the needs of students under your care this school year, I encourage you to connect with other professional educators around the great state. One way you can do that is to become an active part of the North Carolina Association of Middle Level Education (NCMLE). As an organization, we are passionate about better serving middle school students and we are always looking to connect with others sharing that same passion. I hope you will “kick the tires” of our organization this year and find out how we can help you become even better at your craft.

NCMLE exists to promote the middle school concept. We believe in creating school cultures that meet the physical, cognitive, moral, emotional, and social needs of adolescents, not only because it is what is best for our students, but also because it produces the results that society expects of us as educators. Through membership and partnership with NCMLE, you have access to high-quality staff development, relevant publications, networking opportunities, and a discounted rate for you to send a team to our annual conference in March.

We look forward to connecting and collaborating with you this school year. I hope it is a great one!

Chip Cathey

NCMLE President