Middle School (Grades 3, 4 and 5)
In Middle School, teachers continue to focus on individual children’s needs and growth as they progress through developmental stages. The program builds upon foundations established in the early years, helping children discover underlying structures and principles while emphasizing higher levels of academic reasoning. Each year, children extend their work in the core areas of language arts, math, social studies and science. They continue to develop skills and interests in special areas of French, art, music, shop, physical education and human development. Religion and Health are also introduced into the curriculum in these years. Children explore and cultivate their individual affinities through classroom work and projects in literature, writing and research. Experience with technology increases with the use of Chromebooks, laptops and the interactive whiteboards.
Students in the middle years begin to assume more responsibility and independence for their learning. They acquire leadership skills by serving as representatives to various student committees, such as Assembly, Meeting for Worship, JEM (Joint Environmental Mission) and Outreach. Each class performs a class play for the school community once during the year. Field trips, another highlight of these years, connect with academic studies and provide opportunities for experiential learning off campus. Fifth grade culminates with an overnight trip to the Pocono Environmental Education Center at the end of the year.
Middle School classes are located in the main building, along with Upper School, library, science and foreign language classrooms. The surrounding woods and pond are used as outdoor classrooms. The upper field and beautiful playgrounds provide space for spontaneous games, imaginative play, and even sledding in the winter months.