The climate in Park’s Middle School, which encompasses grades 5 through 8, is ideal for self-exploration, and each student is supported in developing independence and individuality.
Early adolescence is a period of rapid physical and emotional change. Young people have simultaneous — often competing — needs: for structure and clear limits on one hand, and increased autonomy on the other. Park’s Middle School combines a rigorous academic curriculum with a stimulating and supportive environment to help students negotiate those competing needs and to build each student’s responsibility for active learning while maintaining the joy of discovery.
Grades 5 and 6
Students begin to transition from the self-contained core classrooms of Lower School the shared teaching model of our 5th and 6th grades, with each teacher concentrating in either ELA/Social Studies or Math/Science across both both grade levels. This allows faculty to delve deeply into their content expertise and engage students in differentiated learning to meet their needs. Students develop independence as they travel around campus for World Language, Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education classes. While building their confidence and autonomy, students retain a strong team-teaching structure to guide their growth.
Grades 7 and 8
As students grow physically and emotionally, the academic structure reflects parallel shifts in Grades 7 and 8. Students prepare for Upper School by moving into a departmentalized academic schedule, changing classes for each subject area. This shift allows students to develop new skills in organization and communication as they interact with different faculty throughout the day. An advisory structure ensures that students have social, emotional, and academic support as they make these transitions