Middle School (Grades 5-8)
Middle school marks an exciting, challenging, and unique time of development in a child’s life. The primary goal of middle school at The New School is to provide an environment that encourages the intellectual growth and emotional support that is specific to the needs of preadolescents. The New School’s strong sense of community and low student-teacher ratio allows us the opportunity to have small instructional groups that provide a personalized learning journey for each student.
You will find a strong emphasis on teaching new century skills threaded throughout each curricular area. The New School’s implementation of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) based curriculum allows our students more than basic exposure to the benefits of arts and technology, but it is regularly incorporated in every aspect of the educational experience.
The New School faculty strive to inspire a love of learning while encouraging students to reach their full potential. The middle school faculty are experts in their field and continue to assess and develop instructional methods and lessons that are both engaging and relevant for the students in their courses. Grade-level faculty teams share a common planning period during which they meet regularly to discuss students' needs, interdisciplinary curriculum, grade-level business, or to have conferences with parents.
While there is a high importance placed on academic excellence, students are strongly encouraged to identify their areas of other interests and talents. A wide range of activities, arts, and athletic options exists for students, as do opportunities to participate in student council, community service, and various clubs. Middle school students who are positively engaged in their communities and in pursuit of their own interests typically develop the sense of accomplishment and social confidence that is so vital at this age.
I encourage you to explore our website and schedule a campus tour. I am confident you will find what makes The New School a unique environment where students flourish socially, emotionally, and academically.
Head of Middle School