Middle school – multiple teachers, lockers, crowded hallways and new faces.  It can be overwhelming for students who are in a time of transition.  Students need a community of professionals who understand this and are equipped to teach, support and encourage them to perform at their highest level. This occurs each day in the classroom, the hallways, in chapel and through other initiatives and experiences.

  • Overnight retreat – at the start of the school year, the middle school students participate in a retreat focused on setting goals and building community, along with fun and exciting activities.
  • Advisories – each student has a teacher advisor who is his/her advocate, and they meet once per week.
  • Community time –one period each Friday is committed to building community with a rotating schedule of community speakers, student leadership organizations, and clubs.
  • Electives – special area classes that pursue other interests and are held two periods per day/four days per week.
  • PAWS – a social break in the middle school schedule each day for 15 minutes.
  • Sports – a wide variety of competitive sports is offered during all seasons.
  • Class trips – extended-day trips highlight the 6th, 7th and 8th grades to enhance the curriculum as well as to provide service opportunities.
  • Service hour requirements – service activities are required as part of the Bible grade and to encourage awareness and giving.
  • Middle School chapel – each Wednesday, middle school students create their own unique chapel program, and they also participate with the Lower School in daily chapel the other four days of the week.
  • Specialized teachers – students learn from experts in each subject area.
  • Small classes – allows for academic challenge and leadership.