Middle school is a place of transition to new levels of social and intellectual maturity and responsibility. It’s a time of enormous growth and change—physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Our inquiry-based academic program bridges the lower school and high school. It 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; beginning literacy in another language and expertise in the responsible use of technology. Students create theater productions, compose songs with the use of digital songwriting software, compete on interscholastic athletic teams and develop leadership on the student council.
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.