Middle School: 6-8
Welcome to the Middle School, where students are engaged in active, hands-on learning, both inside and outside the classroom.
The academic core of the Middle School program is rigorous in content, adaptable to the needs of students, and wide in its breadth of offerings. Students in the Middle School are required to take a minimum of five academic classes, including courses in English, math, history, science, and a world language, either Spanish or French. In the 7th Grade, many students add Latin to their course of study. In addition, students are engaged in a variety of additional programs and subjects, including STEAM, Outdoor Education, leadership training, physical education, art, instrumental and choral music, drama, service learning, and public speaking.
At The Country School, Middle School students have countless opportunities to develop and pursue their interests through clubs and other extracurricular offerings. In addition to our interscholastic athletic teams, which typically engage 90 percent of our students each year, and our Chorus, Chamber Chorus, Band, and Middle School musical, we offer the following teams and clubs: Robotics, Math Counts, Science Olympiad, Model UN, and TEDx. In recent years students have opted to participate in a statewide Diversity Leadership Conference, regional Spanish Spelling Bee (where they awarded first and third place trophies), foreign language poetry recitations, and choral and instrumental music recitals requiring auditions.
The Middle School teachers are rich in experience and diverse in expertise, and they truly come to know their students as individuals, through their interactions inside and outside of the classroom and through our advisor system. The combination allows for an academic and social experience that inspires students to reach their highest — academically and personally — and offers a ballast in today's chaotic and ever-changing world.
The advisor system is a cornerstone of Middle School experience at The Country School. Advisors provide guidance to students on academic and affective education matters and closely monitor the academic, social, and emotional growth and well-being of each advisee. They are the link between home and school and, as such, serve as conduits of information on student progress.
Through our advisor and life skills program, we also develop timely and effective programs to address areas of potential growth, with an eye towards benefiting both individuals and the group as a whole.
Google the term "Middle School" and you will find articles with titles like:
- "Trying to Find a Solution in Chaotic Middle Schools"
- "For Teachers, Middle School is a Test of Wills"
It's different at The Country School. Talk to a Country School Middle School student and this is the kind of statement you'll hear:
Ever since 1st Grade, I’ve been having the time of my life here at The Country School. TCS is the best school in the world.
— Sarah, an 8th Grader
Or this from the parent of a new Middle School student:
I feel like my son is getting his creativity back. When he entered Middle School at his old school, his interest in being creative seemed to be fading away. Now that he's at The Country School, he's writing again, he's reading, he's creating scripts and shooting movies.... He's doing all of the things he used to do. He has the freedom to be a creative kid. For my son, this was vital. I've been walking on air since he came here.
What makes the difference?
- An engaging, vibrant curriculum
- Inspired, dynamic teachers
- Hands-on learning through exploration and discovery
- Rigorous academics balanced by a focus on the whole child
- Signature programs like STEAM, Elmore Leadership, and Outdoor Education
- A community that honors each individual
- Students who face the future with confidence, curiosity, and joy