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Middle School (7-8)

A Pivotal Time of Academic and Social Development

The Middle School years are an integral link between the Junior and Senior Schools and are rich with opportunities for academic, intellectual and personal growth. With a focus on critical thinking in a supportive environment, Middle School features a progressive, student-centred academic program and an extensive co-curricular program that includes athletics, the arts, leadership activities and community service.

Middle School teachers actively challenge their students, helping them to develop the literacy, numeracy and learning skills that they will need for the rigours of the Senior School program. Students learn in an iPad environment that reinforces the development of independent learning. They are encouraged to think creatively, take intellectual risks, and reflect on their own learning styles.

The Middle School academic program is diverse and challenging. The wide-ranging core program includes English, math, science and the social sciences. Students enhance their language skills with core courses in French, science, geography and accelerated French. In grade 8, students also learn Spanish. Technology is integrated into the program through grade-wide learning activities that are guided by IT specialists. All Middle School students are exposed to the arts through the study of music and visual art in grade 7, and they may study music in grade 8 or take semestered art and drama courses.

At all times, physical education and health classes encourage students to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle.

Course offerings

Grade 7

English
Français (de base, enrichi et langue d’enseignement)
Math
Physical and Health Education
Advisory/Ethics
Science*
Geography*
Music
Art/Drama

* These courses are provided in English or French, depending on French proficiency.

Grade 8

English
Français (de base, enrichi et langue d’enseignement)
Math
Physical and Health Education
Advisory/Ethics
Science*
History*
Art/Drama or Music
Spanish

* These courses are provided in English or French, depending on French proficiency.

Rethinking the Learning Environment

We are transforming what we do and how we do it. Our paradigm for teaching and learning in the 21st century focuses on developing critical thinkers in an active learning environment engaging students and enhancing collaboration and interaction.

Our classrooms are being remodelled to allow for a more flexible and collaborative learning environment.

Whiteboard paint, mobile furniture, and Apple TVs allow students and teachers to project images from their devices, enabling more active learning. Students move easily from individual to group tasks and share their thinking. Teachers can easily see what students are doing and modify their teaching according to students’ needs.

Learn more about the active learning classroom

iPads in Middle School

Middle School students learn in an iPad environment. Learn More

Reflections on being a middle school student

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