Nuttall Middle School was constructed as a result of a citizens' survey of the schools of Community Unit #2 in June of 1970. Nuttall Middle School opened in 1972. Nuttall was designed for the use of middle level students. A middle school should provide for guidance and direction during the transition period for students going through puberty, have opportunity for students to explore many areas of interest, and provide a solid academic background for future learning experiences. Due to budget restraints in the late 1970’s, Nuttall Middle School moved from this philosophy to that of a traditional junior high. During the late 1980’s, Nuttall Middle School began work towards transitioning back to the middle school philosophy.
Nuttall Middle School’s philosophy is centered upon the concept that each student is an individual. All students are encouraged to develop educationally, socially, physically and morally to their fullest extent by the staff, school, family, community, and state using all their attendant resources. Thus, the mission statement for Nuttall Middle School is “We, the professional staff of Nuttall Middle School, believe it is our duty to prepare every child for the future. Our primary mission is the development of the whole individual through a curriculum that is student centered.”