Middle School (5-8)
Independence – and the responsibility that comes with it – evolves during grades 5-8. Academics become increasingly challenging as Middle School progresses; with the help of supportive teachers, students are well prepared to take on age-appropriate rigors.
Maret's Middle School engages the natural enthusiasm, energy, and curiosity of adolescence with a curriculum that is challenging yet exciting. Our program is designed to create confident thinkers, healthy athletes, innovative artists, thoughtful friends, and engaged community members.
Middle School Advisory and House SystemThe Middle School Advising Program was modified over the summer of 2011 and implemented in the fall of 2011. The goal was to develop an intentional curriculum about core values, to increase the amount of contact between advisors and advisees. In addition, the middle school developed a house system to better connect students in grades 5-8 and to instill a sense of MS spirit.
I really feel that I developed a relationship with my adviser, where I would feel comfortable to bring issues to her, or just ask her for advice. Eighth grade student
Advisors create safe spaces for small groups of advisees to discuss ideas around the seven core values of the school (Respect, The Individual, Connectedness, Creativity, Integrity, Excellence and Joy).
Activities range from input on character dilemmas or scenarios that help students dig deeper into their own ideas about such issues as honesty, justice, and respect, or team-building activities such as the human knot or creating Advisee group rules that help create community among the students. The Value Pack (our Advisor/Advisee curriculum) was created to offer a variety of activities for our advisors to use. In Round 2 of our Institute Initiative, we developed a more grade-level focused curriculum fine-tuning activities to meet the developmental needs for our fifth through eighth graders.
IN FIFTH GRADE THE ENRICHED ADVISORY PROGRAM IS A SOLID CURRICULUM BALANCING THE INDIVIDUAL WITH THE CORE VALUES AND HELPS KIDS SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE FOR MANY SITUATIONS, IDEAS, AND GROWING-UP EXPERIENCES.
The Service Learning component is woven into helping students sense a bigger world and community where they can use and develop their core values on a broader spectrum. Our work with small groups of senior citizens helps strengthen their independence, individuality, and self awareness of others around them.
Christina Kyong, Director of Middle School
SOME OF MY FAVORITE MEMORIES ABOUT THE ADVISORY TIME WAS BEING ABLE TO PLAN OUR OWN CONVOCATION.
It was so fun and it was a really great bonding experience with my classmates who aren't in a lot of my classes. I really feel that I developed a relationship with my adviser, where I would feel comfortable to bring issues to her, or just ask her for advice. Every year, I feel that the most important thing I gain out of the whole advisory experience is that relationship between a teacher and a student! Overall, advisory time is great because you get to really gain a connection with those in your advisory group and your adviser.
Eighth Grade Student
MY FAVORITE MEMORIES ABOUT AA TIME ARE NOT ONLY TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE IMPORTANT CORE VALUES AND HEARING EVERYONE'S IDEAS ON THEM BUT ALSO GETTING TO HAVE FUN WITH SOME PEOPLE THAT I WOULDN'T NORMALLY HANG OUT WITH.
What I have gained from AA time is that so many people in the grade care that everyone is going to be nice and act all of the core values.
I have been able to develop a relationship with my advisor because instead of just talking about math, I can also go up to my advisor and tell them about any problems I'm having in school. In addition, I also have fun in my AA group.
Eighth Grade Student
Middle School at a Glance
- Approximately 200 STUDENTS, grades 5-8
- Combined MATH/SCIENCE and combined ENGLISH/HISTORY classes taught in 90-minute blocks
- Students take LATIN in addition to a WORLD LANGUAGE beginning in 6th grade
- Each student meets daily with an ACADEMIC ADVISOR
- Middle School "HOUSES" engage in monthly competitions to encourage friendships across grades 5-8
Athletics & Physical Education
Middle School physical education builds on the fitness skills acquired in Lower School. Interscholastic team sports are introduced in grades 7 and 8. Embedded in the school day, these non-elimination sports develop the physical, emotional, and cognitive skills that enable students to become effective team members. All team members are guaranteed playing time.
|PHysical Education: Grades 5 & 6||Interscholastic program: Grades 7 & 8|