"Excellence in Education" is the vision for NBMS.
The mission of New Bridge Middle School is to prepare students to be globally competitive and responsible citizens in the 21st Century by bringing the world to them through technology, problem-based learning and scientific inquiry.
B.E.A.R.S Have P.R.I.D.E
Our theme is - B.E.A.R.S. have P.R.I.D.E. B.E.A.R.S. not only represents our mascot, but will also serve as our school-wide guidelines for success. B.E.A.R.S. stands for Be prepared, Everyone shows respect, Attitude matters, Remember responsibilities and Safety first. P.R.I.D.E. is our school-wide effort focusing on everyone's Personal Responsibility In Dynamic Education.
About Our School
Located in the center of Jacksonville, North Carolina, New Bridge Middle is Onslow County's first magnet school. Since its doors opened in the fall of 1998, New Bridge Middle School has offered a curriculum with a focus in math, science and technology along with many special programs to foster learning in a variety of areas. Students at NBMS excel in athletics, leadership, music and the arts, and demonstrate citizenship through various community service projects.
The staff at our school offers an exciting and varied program to students in grades six through eight. Many innovative activities focusing on differentiated learning styles have resulted in vast academic gains for all students. Our staff carries out our mission with the same enthusiasm that has always driven New Bridge Middle School's success. At New Bridge Middle School, all children can succeed.
Our School History
Our school building was constructed in 1941 and opened as Jacksonville Senior High School. The school later became Jacksonville Junior High School and then Jacksonville Middle School. The students, faculty, administration and staff of Jacksonville Middle School were transferred to a new building (Jacksonville Commons Middle School), and the building was closed and remodeled. In an effort to relieve the overcrowded conditions in other area middle schools, the building reopened in the fall of 1998 as New Bridge Middle School.
Characteristics of NBMS
The application process to attend NBMS involves the use of a computer program that randomly selects students who have applied. Parents agree to support teachers in the expectations of high achievement and students must adhere to a prescribed dress code. The faculty and staff believe this dress code reduces discipline problems and instills school pride.
New Bridge Middle School is unique in that it draws students from every corner of Onslow County. Friendships are formed among students who might otherwise not have ever known each other. The school's location and large attendance area pose many challenges for the Onslow County Schools Transportation Department. Unfortunately, many students experience lengthy daily bus rides to and from such areas as Topsail Island, Swansboro, Richlands and Maysville. Despite these challenges, in the short time we have been open, New Bridge has developed a reputation as a school that sets high standards in a caring and nurturing environment.
From 1998 to 2010, all NBMS students were selected through the lottery process. With the 2010-11 school year, New Bridge began the process of becoming a "true magnet" school by creating a student body with both a lottery population and a home district population. Instead of drawing new home disctrict borders, the Onslow County Board of Education selected to utilize the existing Clyde Erwin Magnet Elementary School borders.