Middle School

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Grades 6 – 8

In Middle School at Episcopal Day School, we emphasize the development of 21st Century teaching and learning skills and set out to meaningfully shape students’ emerging strengths, gifts and abilities. Our nurturing and gifted educators individualize their teaching approach, in order to meet the needs of each student. Fostering confident and independent learners in a cooperative environment, the primary skillsets across all Middle School subjects focus on critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.

Learning Environment

  • Passionate, well-qualified teachers who understand early adolescent development
  • Emphasis on stewardship, service, kindness and respect
  • Student-centered approach to teaching
  • Integrated technology (using iPads,Chromebooks, video cameras, 3D printer, Google Apps for Education, and more)
  • Project-based, hands-on style of learning, engaging students in active learning
  • An emphasis on problem-solving, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking
  • W.E.D.S. — a multimedia production studio
  • Innovation Lab — a space for creative problem solving
  • Advisory program designed to promote social and emotional growth

Academics

  • Academic rigor in core subjects: English, social studies, math, physical science and Spanish
  • Enrichment courses: music, art, P.E., Christian education, service learning, research and innovation
  • Elective studies: health and nutrition, Spanish for beginners, Innovation, math lab, online research skills, public speaking, study skills, digital and 2D art, social justice, international literature, contemporary issues, service learning, global studies, economics, writing, coding, Hogwarts at EDS, music and drama, sustainable gardening, debate and more.
  • Actively engaged in accelerated academic instruction
  • Early adolescent education teaching methodology
  • Encourage careful and complex critical thought and the virtues of constructive citizenship
  • Academics

    Using formulative data from benchmarks and assessments in Zone of Proximal Development, teachers challenge students to stretch their understanding and skill development. Enhancing literacy, listening and auditory discrimination skills, along with phonics, writing, self-expression, reading fluency and comprehension, our educators lay the foundation for lifelong readers. STEaM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) skills are integrated through problem-solving, research and reporting. Our Integrated Arts and Language courses provide instruction in music, drama, art and active movement. Students are also enriched in the areas of Spanish, Christian education, technology, library, P.E. and Wee Worship.

  • Student-Centered

    We provide students with clear expectations and the necessary tools to develop resiliency and coping skills, as they seek solutions, manage emotions and better relate to others.

  • Episcopal Identity

    We believe it is important for children to realize that God gave them many gifts and talents, and it is their responsibility to use them to make the world a better place.

  • Faith & Service

    We focus on this through Wee Worship, our weekly chapel service, as well as outreach projects that involve taking care of our gardens and helping others.

  • Physical Development

    We build fine motor skills through activities such as writing, cutting, zipping or buttoning jackets, and drawing or gluing craft projects. We build gross motor skills through physical education classes and playground time, including activities such as running and jumping and throwing or catching a ball.