Middle School (5-8)
Maret capitalizes on the spirit, energy, and curiosity of students in grades five through eight to create confident thinkers, innovative artists, healthy athletes, thoughtful friends, and proactive citizens.
Cultivating friendships; establishing cross-grade connections; collaborating with adults; and becoming engaged on campus, in the neighborhood, and across the world is part of the building of community in Middle School.
The middle school social curriculum incorporates activities that foster a positive social and emotional growth in students and focus on Maret’s core values. Grade-level meetings and smaller advisor group gatherings help students gain a greater understanding of these values and how to live them authentically.
Assemblies, advisor meetings, middle school houses, and extracurricular activities offer opportunities for students to pursue their interests while building meaningful relationships. In addition, community engagement projects and partnership activities give students a broader understanding of local, national, and international communities.
OUR CORE VALUES
Respect + Integrity
Excellence + Creativity
Individual + Connectedness
The curriculum emphasizes broad exposure to each subject while systematically providing the basic skills for forthcoming upper school study. Teachers use a variety of approaches in the classroom that encourage creativity, collaborative work, and problem solving.
As students progress through the middle school program, they acquire the tools and skills they need to assume increased responsibility and become more independent. Academics become increasingly challenging, and with the help of supportive teachers, students are well prepared to take on age-appropriate rigors. Each grade features curricular highlights: the American Experience Fair and Science Fair in fifth and sixth grades, Global Issues Day in seventh grade, and the Climate Change Conference in eighth grade.
COURSE OF STUDY
- Community engagement
- Design thinking
- Library/research skills
- Performing arts
- Physical Education
- Technology/Comp. Sci.
- Visual Art
- World Languages & Latin
Communication between teachers, faculty advisors, and parents and guardians provides a strong support system for students. Parents meet with their student’s advisor at the beginning of each school year and may also meet periodically to discuss the student’s academic and social challenges. Twice a year, on designated conference days, parents meet with each of their student’s teachers. These in-person get-togethers build connections that facilitate open communication. In addition, student progress reports and official report cards are sent home two times a year.