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 begin to 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 instrumental music and visual art in grade 7, and they may study instrumental 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.