Philosophy and Mission
Middle School classrooms celebrate the joy of learning and foster exploration in the quest for knowledge. Serving as the transition years between lower and upper school, the middle school team provides a bridge, while also preparing students in rigorous classes. The Advisor Teams, designed to support each student in all areas of life, allow students the comfort of having a faculty liaison that is there for academic and social support. Each student has an advisor who observes academic progress, provides additional curricular help if needed, facilitates parent/teacher meetings, monitors social concerns, and serves as the communication link for parents.
Middle school students observe traditions such as school dances, an 8th grade trip to Boston, a 7th and 8th grade trip to Epcot, a 5th and 6th grade Science trip (such as the Everglades), Student Government, National Junior Honor Society, and Honor Council. Students are guided into the expectations of a preparatory school in a unique and personal manner. Communication with parents is an essential link in this process.
Academically, Middle School is the preparation for Upper School. Eighth grade students have the opportunity to take several courses for Upper School credit. This year, we are offering Spanish I, Algebra I, Algebra I Honors, Geometry, and Marine Science. It is the goal of the Middle School team to prepare each student for his or her Upper School experience.