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About Us


Dear Penn Yan Middle School Families,

Welcome to the Penn Yan Middle School website!  We are a school of leaders! At PYMS we have high expectations for our students and we believe that all children deserve a safe, inviting environment that provides them with a wide range of opportunities.  Our dedicated and caring staff works to implement effective instructional strategies to meet the diverse needs of students while delivering a rigorous, standards-based curriculum. We are committed to helping each student grow and achieve success.  

Our school houses grades 6-8 and is structured in interdisciplinary teams.  There is one team at each grade level. In addition to the four core classes: English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, students also take a variety of encore classes such as World Languages, Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Health and Fine Arts. We offer “lab” classes that are aligned to ELA and Math courses for every student.  These provide students with additional time to increase the volume of reading and writing and support guided practice with mathematical concepts. At PYMS, our students have opportunities to participate in workshops, clubs and interscholastic sports (grades 7 & 8). The foundation of our work is through a whole child approach.

We are proud of the innovation and collaboration that takes place in our school. We believe in student-centered model of instruction.   Our teachers meet regularly and use data to design unique and engaging lessons. Our students are empowered to reflect on their learning and demonstrate their understanding of concepts, skills and strategies in multiple ways.  We encourage creativity, especially in our Maker space and our Think Tank supports cooperative peer-to-peer structures.


Important information regarding the school and district will be posted on a regular basis.  

We look forward to creating strong partnerships with our students, their families and our community to help our students learn, grow and create throughout their middle level years!

With Kind Regards,

Kelley S. Johnson, Principal

Penn Yan Middle School

Inspiring Students to Grow.  Empowering Students to Succeed.  

Office Hours: 7:00 am–4:00 pm

Hours of Instruction: 7:30 am–3:00 pm