District 197's two middle schools serve students in grades 5-8. Both Friendly Hills and Heritage capitalize on the natural curiosity of young adolescents.
Students continue to delve into the core subjects while also exploring new disciplines such as world language, technology education, and family and consumer science. Students also have the option of taking band, orchestra or choir. Schedules allow advanced students to take higher level classes, such as high school geometry, in the subject in which they excel. Additional elective courses and co-curricular activities are offered for students at both schools.
Middle schools are organized into "houses" to best serve the intellectual and developmental needs of young adolescents in smaller, familiar environments. Houses are organized by grade level, both physically within the building and by subject, allowing students to study and learn in their small communities. Teachers within the houses work together to integrate the curriculum and allow for flexibility in planning and presenting the material.