In Middle School, we help guide students through their evolving need for independence and self-advocacy. With this goal in mind, we have designed our Middle School purposefully and strategically. Separate two-grade teaching teams conduct the core academic courses (language arts, math, social studies and science) for 5th-6th grades and then 7th-8th grades. The purpose for this structure is two-fold. During these years of swift physical and social development, students work in a two-grade zone and collaborate with their most age-appropriate peers. Plus, teachers enjoy the continuity of working with students for two years, motivating them to seek more challenges. Through their close bond during this crucial developmental stage, teachers partner with students to help build confidence, character, and personal responsibility in each child. At the same time, students learn important life skills such as time management, study strategies, and organization. Above all, our Middle School program provides a safe and supportive environment in which students mature, explore their creativity, and take charge of their learning, all in preparation for the step up to Upper School.