It's no secret that the quality of civil discourse has declined in recent years. From pundits who shout over each other on news programs and strangers who lob insults back and forth on social media, our children are witnessing adults who increasingly lack the humility, listening skills, and confidence to disagree with respect.
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.
Eighth-grade science teacher and Green Team advisor Simon Keilty and eighth-grade science teacher and Water Quality Club Advisor Sarah Klinger explain how they're teaching students to ask questions and prove solutions to real environmental problems.
Middle School arts curriculum moves beyond Western Europe to reflect our multicultural history
Innovative programming is designed for today's student health and well-being.
Document Based Questions provide students with an opportunity to read, think, and write critically on the past, while also exposing them to a diverse number of perspectives in history than encompass who we are today.