DeKalb Middle School uses a team approach to teaching. Each grade level is separated into two teams; sixth grade consists of the R.O.Y.A.L.S. and V.E.N.T.U.R.E., seventh grade the R.E.A.C.H. and B.U.L.L.S, and the eighth grade the P.A.G.E. and L.I.F.E. Each team is balanced by number and special programs. For this reason, parent requests for individual teachers and teams cannot be honored. Students with special needs are placed on the team with special education instructors.