Middle School Education
What We Offer
By providing the opportunity to self-regulate and truly understand the learning process students develop a lifelong love for learning.
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 to spend a half day as leaders in the morning and then transition to the role of learners in the afternoons.
Our approach to individualized learning is informed by diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments, goal tracking, frequent one-on-one student/teacher advisory meetings, and review of data from online tools including the NWEA MAP tests given multiple 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.
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, leaders, fitness/wellness instructors, partnerships with community non-profits and charities, and our Snow Sports Program in the local environment and ski resort, our students are learning in context with their community.
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. Students meet with teachers 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?