Middle School

Program Hours

8:45-3:15 Monday through Thursday and
8:45-2:30 Fridays.

What We Offer

Middle School: Our multi-age, seventh and eighth grade classroom hones and optimizes student progress in the 8 domains of our Learner Levels where students work to achieve independence and engagement in their learning.  Student progress in the core subjects is driven by mastery of concepts, as opposed to progress being driven by time or curriculum.

Multi-age Setting:

In our multi-age settings, students are given opportunities to move naturally between the roles of mentor and learner. Each afternoon, the oldest students of each multi-age grouping move to the group above in order spend a half day as leaders in the morning and then transition to the role of learners in the afternoons.

Assessment:

Our approach to individualized learning is informed by diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment, goal tracking, frequent one-on-one student/teacher advisory meetings, and review of data from online tools including the NWEA MAP tests given three times during the academic year. Qualitative and quantitative assessment data is shared with students and parents on an ongoing basis and during student-led, parent-teacher conferences that occur three times per year.

Place-based Learning:

We create real-world opportunities for our students; there is no better way to prepare for the real-world than in the real-world.  Through exposure to visiting artists and fitness/yoga instructors, partnerships with community non-profits and charities, our Snow Sports Program including Nordic and alpine skiing in our local environment and ski resort, our students are learning in context with their community.

Learner Levels and Student Goal Setting:

The Learner Levels foster self-regulation, initiative, and responsibility.  They include ongoing progress in the areas of Communication, Time Management, Goal Management, Self-understanding, Collaboration, Motivation, Use of Resources, and Focus and Concentration.

To support the development of student agency, students learn how to set meaningful goals and hold themselves accountable for their learning and personal development through our Learner Levels. Students meet with teachers during advisory each week for guidance in setting, meeting, and supporting personal goals.  Students learn to meaningfully reflect on questions such as, Did I reach this goal? Why or why not? How far did I get? What were my successes? What were my challenges? Will I change anything about how I did this next week?

 

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