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Model Overview

Program Overview

Year Launched
6 - 8
Blended Grades

Implementation Q & A

When you first implemented blended learning, why did you choose that particular model? (has your model changed? why?)

We had previously tried the station rotation model but found that it didn't work for our school. Our latest model "No excuses, no limit" has evolved with the help of teachers on the team. We are all continual learners and our goal is to foster a college-going culture at our school.

What was one of your biggest challenges when going blended, and how did you overcome it?

Buy-in from teachers, parents and students (though if you get buy-in from students, you won't usually hear from parents).

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to emerging blended-learning programs?

Ensure the system of education is based on open communication, trust and collaboration. Encourage innovation so teachers feel safe to take risks and try new things.

Program Focus

English Language Learners
Special Education

School Partners

Education Elements

Blended Subjects

English Language Arts
Social Studies
World Languages
Computer Programming

School Overview

Located in Yuma, Arizona, Castle Dome Middle School provides educational services for nearly 900 students. In an effort to improve the school climate, culture and student achievement, Castle Dome Middle School focuses on the whole child. Our mission is to ensure a safe learning environment for students to grow socially, academically and behaviorally in effort to be healthy, active citizens.

The school adopted personalized learning in 2014 and it is currently a 1:1 iPad environment. It also offers three AVID elective classes. College and Career readiness is not an option, it is an expectation.

Our learning community shares common goals and expectations for safety, responsibility, respect and how to ensure each person is truly #Exceptional. Being a LEARNER takes specific skills and efforts - and together we ensure ALL students can and will grow.

Welcome to Castle Dome Middle School - where we have no excuses and there are no limits. #AVID #BeExceptional #nolimits #kidsathope #wholechild

Ratings Source: GreatSchools

Community Rating

GreatSchools Rating


out of 10

School Contact

Contact: Lori Sheffield

Contact Title: Principal

Castle Dome Middle School
2353 S Otondo Drive
Yuma, Arizona
United States

Telephone: (928)-502-4352

Castle Dome Middle School's Website


Total Students

Student Ethnicity

State Test Scores Source: GreatSchools


Blended Program Launched 2015