Engaging with the world on the pressing questions of our time
The middle school program (grades 6, 7, and 8) equips students to rise to new levels of social and intellectual maturity and responsibility. Our rigorous academic program stresses active learning, and is responsive to the specific needs of early adolescents. Classes emphasize the development of critical reading, writing and thinking abilities; analytical and research skills; scientific and mathematical reasoning; literacy in another language; and expertise in the responsible use of technology. Students have ample opportunity to develop their own passions and engage with the world around them. They create theater productions, take instrumental or vocal music classes, compete on athletic teams, and develop leadership within the school. They ponder such questions as “What is human nature? How does a society adapt to rapid social change? What do texts reveal about the experiences and values of the societies from which they come? How can scientific knowledge result in decisions that lead to change in a community?”
Our advisory system provides each student with an advocate and academic guide who serves as an important link between home and school. Our schedule includes time for students, teachers, and advisors to conference frequently. In this forum, we work with students on the life skills of time management, organization, conflict resolution, study strategies, decision making, and peer relationships.
In middle school, our program:
- Builds an important foundation for future learning and life
- Supports intellectual, emotional and social growth
- Helps students see and understand themselves as unique individuals within a wider community