Our middle school students are engaged in a rich, experiential curriculum that nurtures intellectual curiosity, fosters academic achievement, and encourages involvement in the arts and athletics. Every student is supported by our team of teachers, specialists, and administrators to do his or her best work and to become an independent learner.
The middle school building, located at 133-135 Summit Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, allows our growing adolescent students to spread their wings with: large light-filled classrooms, technology to facilitate learning, a well equipped science lab, art studio, gymnasium, and a stage with high quality audio equipment.
The departmentalized academic program for students in grades six through eight features an innovative literacy curriculum that combines reading and writing to strengthen learning in both disciplines. In order to maximize students’ progress, literacy and math are taught in small cross-graded groups according to learning needs. Teaching in the middle school is interdisciplinary so that students make connections among different subject areas for a more cohesive educational experience.
Spanish is taught for all three years. The highlight of the program is a language immersion trip to Costa Rica for eighth graders.
Students are supported in their intellectual, social, and emotional growth by homeroom teachers, a language therapist, and psychologist. Homeroom teachers mentor students and work with them to develop important study and self-advocacy skills. They also play a key role in communicating with parents.
We cultivate an atmosphere of respect and collaboration in which students treat each other with kindness. Our middle school offers programs, such as Spirit Week, overnight trips, clubs, and community service days, that are filled with opportunities for students to have fun and build new friendships. As a Quaker school, the entire middle school community gathers for Silent Meeting twice a week to reflect on a query and express their thoughts if they so choose.
Eighth grade students are prepared to take the next steps in their educational journey brimming with confidence, either to our college preparatory upper school program or to a mainstream school if appropriate.