Linden School

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Linden S.T.E.A.M. Academy
29 Wescott Street


United States
Coordinates42°26′2″N 71°2′3″W / 42.43389°N 71.03417°W / 42.43389; -71.03417Coordinates: 42°26′2″N 71°2′3″W / 42.43389°N 71.03417°W / 42.43389; -71.03417
School districtMalden Public Schools
SuperintendentLigia Noriega-Murphy
PrincipalRafael Angel Garcia
GradesK-4, 5-8
Average class size20
Student to teacher ratio12.5 : 1
Color(s)Blue & Gold

Linden School is a public school in Malden, Massachusetts, United States with over 750 students.

In 2001, the school used a $250,000 Small Schools Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divide Linden School into two autonomous schools. Half of the school now houses kindergarten through Grade 4 and the other, grades 5 to 8. Malden Schools Superintendent Joan Connolly told The Boston Globe that "there's good research to support the theory that kids learn better in smaller school settings."[1]

Linden is a magnet school for Gifted Education and for Communications, Humanities, and Multi-Media. Admittance to the Gifted Education Program is governed by Malden Public Schools criteria, which include rubrics developed by teachers of the gifted program. Once accepted into the program, eligibility is reviewed annually. Programming and curricula are developed according to the students' academic talents.[2]

The Communications and Humanities Multi-Media program concentrates on oral and written communications. Study of the humanities is used as a focus for teaching and learning in language arts, social sciences, geography, art, and music. The mathematics and science curricula are enhanced by integration of technology into all areas of teaching and learning.[2]

The teaching of self-esteem at Linden was debated in a 2002 Boston Herald article.[3] The school's 2001 participation in a research and clean-up effort of the local Town Line Brook watershed through the Saugus River Watershed Council was also profiled in The Boston Globe.[4]

In 2011, principal Richard Bransfield proposed to change the Linden School into an innovation school. These changes took place at the start of the 2012 school year, and the Linden School was changed to the Linden STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Academy, which focuses on project-based learning.

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  1. ^ McCabe, Kathy (2001-09-17). "Gates foundation aids local school". The Boston Globe Business Notebook Column. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-12-06.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "2006-2007 Report Card: Linden Middle School". Archived from the original on June 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-06.
  3. ^ Nissman, Cara. "Self-esteem overload; Critics say teaching worth can be taken too far." The Boston Herald (June 10, 2002): 029. Student Edition. Gale. Document Number:CJ87074949
  4. ^ Capone, Lisa (2001-12-02). "Hidden stream reemerges". The Boston Globe.

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