Surfside Middle School provides opportunities for academically talented students through a Pre-Advanced Placement Program.  Students participate in an honors strand of core classes instructed by teachers trained in the College Board concept of high-level work in middle school as preparation for Advanced Placement coursework in high school.  While middle school students are not able to take actual Advanced Placement courses, they do use Springboard Curriculum developed by College Board as an introduction to the kinds of topics, concepts and skills found in AP courses.  The program includes an Advanced Academics elective course for students which helps develop critical thinking/“out-of the-box” skills.  A pre-engineering track is available for students particularly interested in technology and math. Embedded in the Surfside program is a strong emphasis on a team model, using Kagan cooperative learning structures to support social skills and character education initiatives.