• Dutchman Creek Middle School is rural school located in Rock Hill, SC. With a population of 975 students in grades six through eight, Dutchman Creek provides a quality, immersive learning environment for a wide variety to students. Dutchman Creek focuses its efforts on all areas of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity. Students at Dutchman Creek Middle School are immersed in collaborative instruction, learning workshops, and blended learning approaches in order to bridge concrete and abstract thoughts and to assist in understanding factors relevant to the real world. All students are provided with instruction that enables them to show mastery on the essential content standards regardless of disability, gifted and talented identification, or language acquisition level; however, by identifying students’ specific needs and areas of strength, each student receives instruction that best supports them as individual learners. All students participate in classes with high academic and behavioral expectations. As teachers consider curriculum, instruction, and assessment, best practices are affirmed and strengthened. A variety of data sources are examined to determine the system’s effectiveness and its impact on student performance.