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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.