Middle School

Exploration and discovery take center stage in Middle School.

How can we make sure to respect each other’s values while keeping our own opinions in perspective?

- Middle School Students

How can we look back on our past mistakes and accomplishments, and use them to help us make better choices in the future?

- Middle School Students

How can we help people who were affected by bad situations even if we don’t have money to donate?

- Middle School Students

Knowing that in our Sidwell community and in our world, we all make mistakes, how can we lift each other up instead of bringing each other down?

- Middle School Students

How can we focus on bigger issues in the world while also paying attention to the problems at school and in our community?

-Middle School Students

In Middle School, teaching and learning occur against the backdrop of students’ incredible physical and social growth. Middle Schoolers take risks and try new things, learning through both successes and challenges. In keeping with the school’s Quaker values, the Middle School faculty respects and honors students’ emerging identities and interests, and we work hard to support students as they navigate these new experiences.

Middle School students deepen and strengthen their academic skills as they tackle larger questions about themselves and the world. Their classes and the school’s unique 5/6 and 7/8 structures reflect this growing independence while still providing appropriate support. When students leave Middle School, they take with them the tools they need to communicate, analyze, question, critique, and interpret information and ideas as engaged community members and active citizens.

Middle School seamlessly and magically bridges childhood and adolescence. It is fascinating how the school guides the transition with such joy.

– Middle School Parent

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