Middle school may be the most confusing years of a child’s life. This is the time that they are becoming teenagers and are starting to develop their own identity. Middle schoolers build on those skills learned since kindergarten while enhancing the learning skills in more preparation for the high school, mastering the organizational skills, discipline, and attitudes needed for learning in a more rigorous academic setting.
Core subjects in middle school academics continue to be a focus: language arts, social studies, math, and science. But electives are vital for a well-rounded education in an American system, and so there is a wide array available, including: physical education, ICT, art and music, to name a few. Courses are more deeply embedded with project-based learning to provide real-world experiences that allow students to conceptualize, apply, and react to new learning. Middle school opportunities for leadership and service are provided to aid in developing a sense of responsibility and care for our extended community.
Grade 6 is unique, as there is a careful half-immersion system, where students move to two homeroom/core-subject teachers, as opposed to one, in order to start their transition to a full secondary-style schedule. Classes are organized by mixed ability until Grade 8, where we offer our first honors courses and students begin to freely choose electives.