MS Program Highlights
In the Middle School we believe that children need these three years to build upon the foundation of lower school in such a way as to be well prepared and excited for what lies ahead in their future. We believe that being a good student is not enough, in fact, is less important than being a good person. A good deal of what we do in one way or another involves leadership, both in and out of the classroom.
Some of the Middle School program highlights are as follows:
- Each 8th grader gives a chapel presentation on a topic of their choosing.
- Each student participates in an advisory program that at its core is centered on providing an advocate for each student while at the same time helping them with self-discovery and self-advocacy.
- All students take part throughout the year in “Rachel’s Challenge”, a character education program that raises awareness of the importance kindness, recognizing when someone has been kind to you, and passing kindness on to others.
- Middle School students plan and participate in a service learning day with their advisory group.
- Student Government takes the lead in planning many activities and events.
- Science projects include raising and releasing trout, designing and building an earthquake-proof structure, designing and building cars that must protect an egg on impact, designing and building solar cars, and building and launching rockets.
- Each student acts as a chapel leader once during their 7th grade year, making announcements and introducing the chapel speaker.
- Each Middle School student attends a week-long trip in April of every year. The 6th grade travels to Washington, Monticello, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg to study social studies themes, the 7th grade goes to Florida for a physics and biology based trip, and the 8th grade goes to Montreal and Quebec City for a cultural and class bonding experience.
- Students have elective periods where they students can focus on an area of interest or discover a new area of interest.
- Middle School afternoon program featuring 10 sports throughout the year and a “no-cut” policy for athletics, as well as art option each trimester (pottery, the school musical, and design/maker, where students imagine, design and create anything they like).
- The Middle School Musical is a full scale production that could hold it’s own on Broadway!
- A buddy program matches a Middle School student with a Lower School student.
- Students eat lunch “family-style”, with each table consisting of a few students from each grade 6-8. Students take turns getting the food for the table and cleaning up afterwards.