Netzaberg MS History

Opened: 2008

Netzaberg is located in the Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate) region in the German State of Bayern (Bavaria). The school is located in a rural community, approximately 60 miles/97 kilometers northeast of Nuremberg. The town lies approximately 2.5 miles/4 km outside the gates of the Grafenwoehr Training Area and is composed entirely of the 830 leased housing units, schools, and community facilities.

One of the unique features of Netzaberg Middle School is that it is part of the Netzaberg Community, which includes a shoppette, Netzaberg Elementary School, the Community Chapel, Youth Services facilities, and a Child Development Center. The area is exclusively a community support area so there is limited traffic, and it is centrally located for those living in the Netzaberg Village Housing Area.

The middle school is physically connected to Netzaberg Elementary School. This unique physical and educational connection has allowed the Netzaberg students to partner with the elementary students in Reading and Writing Buddies, Kinder PE Coaching, STEAM collaborative activities, Bavarian Fasching Festival, Community Fun Runs, AVID support, and drama presentations. The middle school also partners with the German Gymnasium for various educational and recreational activities.

Netzaberg Middle School serves the students affiliated with USAG Bavaria which includes Vilseck, Grafenwoehr, and Netzaberg Village.

The school was completed in 2008. The three-story main structure houses sixth grade science labs, the gymnasium, an art center, choral center, computer lab, drama center, and a Family Consumer Science Lab. During the 2015-16 school year, the 21st Century Science and Band Center was opened for student use. This new center houses the seventh and eighth grade science labs and a 70-seat capacity room for the band students. Additionally, the new center houses an Atrium Learning Space conducive to Botanical and Life Science learning opportunities for students.

The school offers several opportunities for students to be involved in the performing arts, including band, choir, art, drama, and video productions. The computer offerings include an Intro to Programming class, and students compete in the Lego League Robotics Challenge.

Courses are offered to earn high school credit in Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Advanced Band, and Advanced Choir. Student Supports Services include English as a Second Language, Reading 180, Math Support, a full-time nurse, School Psychologist/Autism Specialist, Emotionally Impaired Specialist, Special Education Instructors with para-educators, moderate to severe learning center, and a Speech and Language pathologist. Additionally, the school has two full-time guidance counselors, a full-time Behavioral Health Clinician, Military Life Consultants, and an Adolescent Substance Abuse Counselor.

The school colors are red and blue, and the mascot is the Knight. The school song is “Hey Dragon!” by Dan Crow. The guiding principles for the school are Knight P.R.I.D.E: be Prepared, be Respectful, have Integrity, be Determined, and strive for Excellence.

For the 2022-23 school year there were about 435 students in grades six through eight. The administrators were Ms. Darnell Dean, principal, and Mr. Paul Chase, assistant principal.


Information from DoDEA webpage


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