At the Middle School, our ultimate goal is to develop the talents and abilities of every child, including the intellectual, musical, artistic and athletic. We want each child to find his
or her own niche. We achieve our aims through mutual understanding and co-operation among parents,
teachers and the child.

Rob Reiner, Middle School Principal

The Middle School is a learning environment for approximately 320 students in Grades 5 – 8. We strive to provide a positive and supportive atmosphere uniquely suited to the needs of this age group. A key feature of the Middle School is the relatively small number of students and the outstanding student-teacher ratio. The classes are small and provide students with the support they require to reach their full potential. The Middle School is certainly a place where opportunity for student interests are acknowledged and realized. It has been described by many as a hub of activity, from early morning until well after the regular school day is over.

The Middle School focuses on the development of the skills necessary for future academic and personal success. The program in our middle grades guides students through the sometimes difficult transition from childhood into young adulthood. Our teachers provide an exceptional level of commitment to meeting each student’s needs and teach skills for life-long learning, promote responsibility through our highly developed and successful leadership program, independence, self-esteem and self-confidence.

The curriculum and the teaching methods are constantly being reviewed and refined, and all faculty members are encouraged to reflect on their professional practice in order to improve and support student learning. A variety of teaching and learning methods and strategies are widely utilized in each class in the Middle School.

In the Middle School, the key to helping each child reach his/her full potential, intellectually, lies in the creation of close relationships between students and their teachers built upon mutual trust and respect. The support and rapport found in the Middle School environment is the cornerstone of our success as we help each student to develop his/her attitudes about self, others and their individual and specific learning style.

Students are encouraged to pursue their specific areas of interest in the arts, athletics, drama and academic enrichment. Co-curricular activities in the arts and athletics also enhance the learning process and promote a sense of unity, social interaction, physical and emotional health. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in a wide-range of co-curricular activities such as team sports, recreational sports and activities, drama performances, choral and instrumental music. Leadership opportunities are also provided for students across all four grade levels affording each student the opportunity to pursue an area of interest. The Middle School House Captains, House Sports Representatives and other formal leadership positions all play an important role in the Middle School. Further, students are offered leadership opportunities through their form classes and the house system.

The most recent enhancement to the Middle School Program includes the development and implementation of an Outdoor Education Program across all four grades. Students in the Middle School are provided with several opportunities to explore the formal curriculum in a “real world” setting. Students create stronger bonds with each other, and they also develop a stronger appreciation and understanding for their environment. In the Middle School, we support these goals of providing more opportunities for our students to take part in developing a richer and greater appreciation for our world. Additionally, we also believe that these enhanced programs will help to deliver the curriculum in a meaningful and exciting manner, while ensuring that our students will be able to take careful and controlled risks in a safe and nurturing environment. Additionally, students in the Middle School are also provided with opportunities to participate in an exciting French Exchange Program and other interesting field trips.

I invite you to explore the Middle School, a place where students are encouraged to grow, to explore and to experience the many wonders of learning.

Rob Reiner
Middle School Principal

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