Middle School

Middle School

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.

6th – 8th Grades, South Campus

The Middle School program provides a challenging academic curriculum that incorporates inquiry based, constructivist, and traditional approaches to teaching and learning within a nurturing environment where teachers are dedicated to helping students discover their individual strengths. Academic exploration and risk-taking is encouraged, as our small class sizes provide students with a safe environment to thrive. Deliberate scheduling thoughtfully mixes student class cohorts throughout the day in order to optimize opportunities for social growth. Our 1-to-1 laptop program actively engages students in projects, research, and technology integration. Advisory, counseling, chapel, and service learning demonstrate our strongly held belief that character development is just as important as academic development. EDS prepares students for the rigors of high school and beyond in mind, body, and spirit.

  • A community of confident, independent learners
  • Challenging and engaging curriculum
  • One:One laptop initiative
  • Critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity fostered

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 formulate 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.