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About Congress Middle School

School History

Congress Middle School opened in 1974 as Park Hill North Junior High, a seventh-through-ninth-grade school.   

In 1986, the building became known as Congress Hall, and it was combined with the high school building (Barry Hall) to become part of the high school campus. All the district seventh and eighth graders moved to Park Hill South Junior High (now Plaza Middle School) and the ninth grade became part of the high school.  In 1989, the district switched from the junior-high model to the middle-school model, which included adding sixth graders.
In 1998, when the new Park Hill South High School opened and relieved the crowding at Park Hill High School, the newly renovated Congress Hall became Congress Middle School, the home of the Cougars.


Congress Middle School fosters a safe, inclusive environment with caring students and staff who empower life-long learners to grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

Building Schedule

7:15 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
*7:00: Doors Open

Lunch Schedule

Eighth Grade lunches vary by class. 
10:55 am - 11:59 am

Seventh Grade lunches vary by class. 
11:07 am - 11:43 am

Sixth Grade lunches vary by class. 
11:45 - 12:28

School Hours

7:15 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.

Core Values

We believe that learning:
Is inclusive of every student
Is enhanced when social, emotional, and cultural needs are met
Is a process that changes and deepens as students construct meaning
Should be integrated and transferable
Involves taking risks and making mistakes

Is supported on a foundation of positive relationships
Should leverage students' voice and interests