Middle School Curriculum
A rotating class schedule with seven class periods—including physical education every day—offers active engagement for students’ developing minds.
- Technology supports learning in every discipline as Middle School students build a strong foundation and prepare for the challenges of Upper School.
- Math is a strong focus for Middle School students, opportunities for honors placement and advanced math courses provide an environment where students can excel.
- Our comprehensive Middle School fine arts program provides an important outlet for creativity and self-expression during these critical transition years.
- Our two dozen Middle School sports teams and physical education program build athletic abilities, teamwork, and life-balance skills.
Throughout their four years in the Middle School, students learn study strategies and executive functioning skills that set them up for success in the Middle School and beyond.
The Advisory Program is an important part of the Middle School experience. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor and is a member of an advisory group that meets daily. The advisor provides academic and personal guidance, while the advisory group forms a supportive unit. Advisors become mentors and advocates for their students and are an important communication link between the school and the parents. Close bonds typically develop between advisor and advisee that remain well beyond the Country Day years.
The library curriculum is critical to daily instruction in all disciplines. Students receive whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one instruction and practice their skills through authentic activities and research. These classes encompass a holistic approach to technology integration, critical evaluation of resources including electronic platforms, and principles of digital citizenship. The course of study is designed to teach students skills in locating, evaluating, and applying information to help them function effectively and the goal of the program is to ensure that each student acquires skills necessary to become an independent learner.
The Middle School houses the Dougherty Library, offering access to more than 10,000 books and non-print material through an automated online catalog.