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Middle School Program

 

Middle Schoolers Gardening at Lesley Ellis

​Learn more about our Middle School Program:

Grades 5 and 6
Grades 7 and 8

Life in the Middle

At Lesley Ellis, we recognize that middle schoolers are at a unique stage in their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. Our program offers a rich skills-based curriculum with a variety of academic, athletic, artistic and co- and extra-curricular experiences that help our students develop their strengths while discovering new talents and interests. Middle schoolers will take more intellectual and social risks in our safe and nurturing environment. Understanding that students are not just learning content but “learning how to learn” as well, we focus on helping our students develop the core academic skills, habits and confidence to succeed in the Lesley Ellis Middle School and beyond.

A Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

Our student-centered approach to teaching emphasizes active learning, with hands-on projects and activities that stimulate students’ innate curiosity and enthusiasm. Our Lower Middle School program (Grade 5-6) is built around a central grade-level teaching team, who create lessons and activities that use core knowledge to foster meaningful cross-disciplinary connections and the acquisition of academic skills critical for a strong middle school foundation. Students in our Upper Middle School program (Grade 7-8) are encouraged to exercise more independence as they mature, and to deepen their knowledge and understanding through more sophisticated projects and assignments. Good organizational habits and study skills are stressed at all grade levels, and technology is seamlessly integrated into the classroom to enhance instruction and provide authentic opportunities for students to acquire and process information and demonstrate their understanding in new ways. Our Middle School students are taught to think critically and creatively, to speak and write effectively, and to work collaboratively in an environment that encourages healthy risk taking and individual growth. Complementing this 21st century focus are more traditional middle school elements, including a strong advisory program, emphasis on school citizenship, leadership and community service, regularly scheduled Middle School Meetings, and a host of whole-class initiatives and signature activities that build strong class identity and esprit de corps among our students.

Outstanding Teachers

Our Middle School teachers are passionate about their subjects, and equally passionate about working with this particular age group. Our faculty understand the joys and challenges of working with young adolescents, and eagerly embrace their roles as teachers, advisors and coaches to help each student fulfill his or her potential. Our students emerge from the Middle School as confident, enthusiastic learners and independent thinkers, eager to embrace the challenges that await them in Secondary School and beyond.