Leadership comes naturally
We believe strongly in the importance of middle school as a culminating period of a child's education, and therefore all in our community look to our older students as role models. When children leave our school after eighth grade, having spent their last years as the leaders of the student body, they are ready to embrace all that secondary schools have to offer with confidence and seriousness of purpose.
Lifelong passions are discovered
In middle school, students are beginning to discover passions that stay with them throughout their lives. As our students enter eighth grade, they must reflect upon those passions and the role that they will play in the next step in their educational journey. Our students do this with a deep awareness of who they are as learners and individuals.
No one gets stuck in the middle
Early adolescence is a time of great upheaval for students and it's easy for them to get lost between the little kids and the older teens. At a school that ends in eighth grade, middle school students have many of the same kinds of extracurricular activities that older students --- and those activities get the kind of institutional focus that they deserve.
Children need childhood
Parents know that childhood is over in the blink of an eye. But for preteens especially, the urge to emulate older students is strong. At a school that ends in eighth grade, children are encouraged to be mature and take on ever increasing amounts of age-appropriate responsibility, while at the same time having no peer pressure to grow up too fast.