Southwest Middle School, Orlando, Florida
Since its opening more than 50 years ago, Southwest Middle has built a rich, academic tradition. The Florida Environmental Education Team (FLEET) at Southwest Middle School was developed to help students focus, understand, and appreciate the environmental resources outside their door. Collaborating with community environmental agencies, this program helps students benefit from higher-level thinking and keeps them actively engaged in the curriculum. The FLEET program has positively affected its students' learning by providing real-life experiences, challenging them to develop the skills to weigh multiple sides of an issues, and providing the necessary support to become informed decision makers. The FLEET program at Southwest MIddle was a recipient of whole child partner, the Association for Middle Level Education's 2012 Teams That Make A Difference Award.