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Lifelong learners and leaders


Shields Middle creates life-long learners and leaders from the Ruskin and Wimauma areas. We are dedicated to learning, proudly offering students our district’s first Scholar Quest Academy. This academic pathway can lead to high school credit in Computer Science, Gaming and Coding, Agriscience, four levels of Spanish Language, plus accelerated Math and Science courses—and more high school level opportunities through on-campus virtual learning. You’ll discover leadership and community service, plus incentives for good grades and positive behavior. Join a range of sports teams or two dozen clubs, including a writing club that sends letters to servicemembers. Through Electivesstudents sample a variety of courses—Technology, Art and a new course: "Latinos in Action.” Our Sixth Grade Structure helps students from diverse backgrounds feel at home in their new learning environment. Shields boasts one of the largest AVID College Readiness programs in our district. Our Shields Sailfish make a lifelong pledge: "I am a Winner, I am Successful and I am heading for GREATNESS!”



Sixth Grade Structure

Our sixth grade structure is designed to group students who are new to middle school together for their first year as they become comfortable with the dynamics of their new school.

Scholar Quest

Scholar Quest engages students in accelerated courses, featuring advanced academics and unique future-focused career learning opportunities. Courses often allow students to receive high school credits.


Sample several fascinating subjects as a 6th grade student before taking a deeper dive into the fields that interest and inspire you most in 7th and 8th grades.

Clubs & Sports Teams

Spark new friendships, stay active and bring your learning to life in one of more than a dozen clubs, service organizations or sports teams—including boys' and girls' basketball, volleyball, track, soccer and flag football.

Social Emotional Learning

Every middle school student's education includes Social Emotional Learning or "SEL." Our SEL curriculum builds character and resilience, focusing on self-management, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.

Nature's Classroom

All 6th grade students join in a multi-day field research study along the Hillsborough River in our 365-acre outdoor educational preserve. Using scientific techniques, students discover our area's vital plant and animal life.

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Academic Competitions

Showcasing skills on a local, state or national stage, our students take part in a range of academic competitions such as Math Bowls, student literacy competitions and Hillsborough's STEM Fair—the largest in the Southeast US.

Career & Technical Education

Prepare for life with Career & Technical Education or "CTE" courses focused on real-world skills that are valuable in today's workforce. Hillsborough Schools is proud to be a state and national leader in CTE offerings.

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Preparing Students for Life