Program of Study

middle school

We balance academic excellence with a nurturing culture that empowers our youngest students to confidently achieve and grow beyond their expectations. Our teachers strive to:

  • HELP students make interesting, meaningful, and challenging connections across courses and between content and self.
  • EXPLORE powerful themes that guide teaching and learning in each grade.
  • PREPARE students for lives of meaningful citizenship, faith, and service in a rapidly changing, complex, and connected world.
  • FOSTER in every boy a growth-oriented, resilient mindset by taking a long-term, wide view of their development
  • SURROUND students with enthusiastic, engaging adults who can help them navigate this time of rapid growth and change.

We believe that learning can happen anywhere, any time. Important conversations, high-fives, and warm smiles spill out into hallways between classes, into the dining hall during lunch, and into the student center. We look for teachable moments—opportunities where learning meets ethical ideas, literary characters embody good habits of mind, or the scientific method inspires problem-solving. READ ON to learn more about the Middle School program, and look to the pages on the left for course descriptions by academic department.

Grade-Level Themes: Learn, Serve, Appreciate

Three transformative themes of Learn, Serve and Appreciate inspire and guide our Middle School curriculum.

Learn—Personal Wellness

In sixth grade, students will focus on individual growth, moving towards  increased independence and personal reflection. Through intentional focus on choices, habits, and goal-setting, students will prepare for the academic, social, and emotional challenges that lay ahead in middle school. Supportive teachers will guide and encourage their students to examine and develop their routines, decisions, and notions of self.  

Serve—Servant Leadership

Seventh grade students, having spent the previous year focused on their own development, will shift attention to group dynamics and community participation. Teachers will use case studies, literature, and personal stories to help students explore their connection to their family, friends, academic classes, neighborhoods, teams, and towns. By becoming better communicators, team members, critical thinkers, and empathic citizens, students can identify and incorporate their unique gifts in service to others around them.

Appreciate—Multiculturalism and Diversity

In eighth grade, students are in a position to appreciate difference, respect the unique strengths and circumstances of others, and explore multiculturalism and diversity with the necessary sensitivity, empathy, and understanding. These developing skills—modeled by their teachers, promoted through the curriculum, and built into conversations — will encourage students to rally behind meaningful causes,  pursue social justice, and explore complex global issues of equity, sustainability, and human rights.


Program Requirements

The goal of the Middle School program of study is to provide each boy with a balanced, rigorous, and hands-on curriculum. Daily classes include English, mathematics (leveled classes), religious studies, science, and social studies. The program of study also includes computer science, fine arts (drama, art, music), physical education and wellness, and world languages. Students will also participate in an advisory period each day. Faculty advisors may use this time for enrichment, extra help, group guidance, independent reading, or community prayer led by the Middle School campus minister.

Advisory Program

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 are placed into small advisory groups led by a Middle School faculty or staff member. These groups meet daily during a 30-minute block that serves many purposes: study halls, extra help sessions, guided workshops designed by school counselors, small group music lessons, academic check-ins, and prayer services. Tailored to the specific needs and theme of each grade, the advisory program operates collaboratively with school counselors to  help students find success in their academic, social, and co-curricular lives in our Middle School.

Grade 6

How Can I Become my Best Self?

Arriving from many different towns and schools, sixth graders enter the Prep with a diversity of experience and academic interests. Their transition softens through the intentional cooperation and attention of teachers and the camaraderie of small teams of students. In 6th grade, academic skill-building is a priority, as is acquiring a healthy perspective on success and adversity. To encourage this outlook, teachers foster a nurturing environment and encourage a "growth mindset," where effort and improvement come to mean more than outcome or scores.

  • Humanities
  • Math 6
  • Integrated Science
  • Physical Education / Health
  • Music
  • Studio Art
  • Drama
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Studies / Latin Interdisciplinary Course
  • World Language Exploratory: German, Chinese, and Spanish
  • Band, Strings, or Chorus Ensembles

Grade 7

What Do I have to Offer?

Gaining comfort with their own sense of self, boys enter seventh grade ready to engage more fully with their academic work, social lives, and emerging interests. This is the time to strengthen and advance their study skills, while also developing their unique passions and enthusiasm for learning. By focusing on effective communication, teamwork, and academic collaboration, students will come to better understand how their unique talents and gifts can serve the common good.

  • English 7
  • Social Studies 7
  • Math 7
  • Integrated Science 7
  • Physical Education and Health/Wellness
  • Music
  • Studio Art
  • Drama
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Studies
  • World Languages: Chinese, Latin, Spanish or German
  • Band, Strings, or Chorus Ensembles

Grade 8

Where Do I Fit in the World?

In the eighth grade year, students are encouraged to push the boundaries of their critical thinking, social comfort, and conceptions of group and individual identity. Developmentally, the boys are now ready to challenge commonly-held assumptions, rally behind meaningful causes, and further develop their own belief systems and ideologies. By exploring multiculturalism and diversity under the guidance and leadership of their teachers, students can begin to understand historical legacies, challenging contemporary issues, and the future of humanity and global citizenship.

  • English 8
  • Social Studies 8
  • Math 8
  • Integrated Science 8
  • Physical Education / Health
  • Music
  • Studio Art
  • Drama
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Studies
  • World Languages: Chinese, Latin, Spanish or German
  • Band, Strings, or Chorus Ensembles
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