About Us

SMS tree in Fall foliage

About Suffern Middle School

Our Philosophy

The professional staff of Suffern Middle School believe our School is part of a larger community. We are committed to implementing a school philosophy that recognizes that children between the ages of 10 and 14 are unique in intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth. The changes our students experience during this time calls for a learning environment where students can achieve success while being challenged at their own rate. A caring and secure environment enables students to build upon previously acquired skills and to take numerous opportunities to explore new areas of interest that will inevitably provide direction for the future. We encourage our students to accept responsibility for their mistakes and advocate for themselves and others with the hope that each and every student develops into an independent, productive member of the Suffern community…one in which we are so proud to be a part.

About Us

At Suffern Middle School (SMS), we respect the right of every student to his or her own opinion and encourage the development of individual talents. However, there must be commonly accepted standards of behavior and communication for our school to function optimally. Suffern Middle School believes that respect for other people, honesty, and courtesy are fundamental and the expected standard for behavior. These, coupled with an attitude of cooperation and mutual understanding, make for an enjoyable and creative community life. This is what we want for everyone. We trust that each student will do their best in making this a reality. It is our hope not only that our students will learn much while at SMS, but also that they will make friends, grow intellectually, and enjoy themselves. Educating for personal excellence is our first priority at Suffern Middle School.

Our Mission

Suffern Middle School enables every student to reach their highest potential by establishing a curriculum that meets or exceeds government standards for education; providing extracurricular programs that develop children’s’ mental, physical, and social skills; and partnering with parents and the community to create an environment geared to the success of all students.