Current parent and Middle School Parents' Association Board Chair Kristen Walton Wester ’93 shares insight about our Bissell Campus.
In a uniquely designed program on its own distinct campus, Country Day Middle School students are guided by teachers who specialize in adolescent education and know how to encourage each student’s development through a time of great change. As they navigate the emotional, physical, and social transition from childhood to adolescence, we prepare our students to take on more responsibility, make good decisions, and see the world through a wider lens.
Middle School students thrive in an environment that balances structure and freedom.
Every Country Day Middle School student:
- Develops leadership, respect, perseverance, and talent by participating in service clubs, special-interest groups, and academic competitions.
- Attends gender-specific math classes that offer the opportunity to learn in an environment free from stereotypes.
- Works with an advisor who serves as mentor and advocate, providing both academic and personal guidance.
- Participates in French, Spanish, and Latin language options.
- Enjoys a unique opportunity to participate in travel and study exchanges with sister schools in locations throughout the world.
- Gains hands-on experience with the arts, participating in visual arts, drama, band, orchestra, choir, or general music.
- Is prepared for a seamless transition to Upper School, carefully facilitated by Middle and Upper School faculty members working in close collaboration.
- Cultivates time-management, study skills, and self-discipline.
The Middle School curriculum encourages students to challenge themselves to be learners and doers. Our emphasis on academics, athletics, and fine arts gives students opportunities to explore many possibilities for developing excellence.
In May 2018, the Middle School unveiled its newest art piece, a sculpture that students designed in collaboration with internationally recognized artist and Country Day parent Chas Fagan.
Research, creative thinking, and public speaking are some of the skills our students are learning. Congratulations to this year's eight finalists, including winner Ellie Wilkins.
On March 22, Colonel Shane Kimbrough, who commanded Expedition 50 on the International Space Station between October 2016 and April 2017, visited Country Day for a full day of assemblies and discussions with students and teachers.
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