Middle School is a time of discovery and transition for students in Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 who are going through important personal stages of development — socially, physically, intellectually, and emotionally. During the Middle School years, students gain the skills, discipline, and confidence they need to take on growing responsibilities and to prepare for Upper School and beyond.
In a challenging and supportive academic environment, students take courses in major subjects of English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages as well as in non-major courses such as Woodshop, Theater, Art, Music, Physical Education, and Health. Middle School students learn to use technology, to prepare for tests and projects, to organize themselves, and to participate in creating a strong Middle School community. Responsible for monitoring the academic and social progress of advisees, faculty advisors meet with Middle School students daily to help them develop effective study skills and to assist them in becoming responsible members of the community. Advisors and advisees work as a team to address concerns and issues that may come up during the course of the year.
Many other activities round out the Middle School experience. Students may sing in the choir, play an instrument in the ensemble, or contribute articles to the Middle School newspaper. Beginning in Grade 6, students may compete on interscholastic athletic teams in soccer, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, and baseball. Outside of the classroom, Middle Schoolers enjoy a number of field trips, including a three-day and two-night Grade 7 outdoor education program at Stokes Forest, as well as trips in Grade 6 and Grade 8 to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. During the six day Intensive Learning period, when each grade level devotes time to a special project, Grade 5 students travel to Mystic Seaport, Grade 6 students study zoo design, Grade 7 students perform a play, and Grade 8 students learn about the environment by spending two nights and three days at the Delaware Water Gap.
During the Middle School years, we hope that students will develop strong critical thinking and decision making skills. In addition, we encourage them to grow in self-confidence and integrity and to acquire a passion for learning as they discover the world around them.
—Steve Shaffer, Middle School Director