Day in the Life of Middle School

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School Begins at 8:30am

Morning care opens as early as 7:30am and is a great time to finish up homework or just hang out before school begins.


Every school day begins with Advisory. Students meet in small 12-13 person groups with a faculty advisor for 30 minutes to talk through what is happening in their lives, unpack current events, or prepare for the day. During a weekly extended advisory, students participate in Service Learning volunteer work, Equity & Justice studies, participate in friendly advisory competitions and spirit days, play games, or go on short field trips in the neighborhood.

First Class of the Day!

The first academic class of the day may kick off with the Humanities. In a double humanities block (6th grade), students transition from language arts to social studies after a short stretch break. In 7th and 8th grades students have English Language Arts and History during two different periods.

Arts Classes

Park Day offers drama, fine arts, and music classes. Drama includes scene work, musical theater, script writing, improv games and more. In art class, students learn various artistic techniques and engage in creative project supported by art history and theory. Music class incorporates Orff and the Kodály method, and provides an opportunity for ensemble performances. 6th graders take classes in art, music, and drama three times a week. 7th and 8th graders concentrate in 1-2 selected arts electives of their choice, twice a week.

Check out recent fine arts collaborations.



Short break time to get a snack and spend time with friends.

Back to Class

Math at Park Day School is taught with frequent small group collaborations and partner work. 6th grade math class often blends elements of science as well. 7th grade math is Pre-Algebra, and 8th grade math satisfies Algebra I requirements. The majority of Park Day students place into high school Geometry during their freshman year.


Hot lunch is everyone’s favorite. Our on-campus chefs create tasty, balanced meals featuring salad bars and plenty of choice. Students eat and hang out outside and on the sports field, participate in Student Leadership Council, join different groups like the Gender & Sexuality Alliance, or take time in the middle school quiet room to finish homework.

Extra Project Work

Student passion projects in the innovation workshop and other interest areas are supported by faculty members and student advisors. Check out a student tour of campus that came out of a project spearheaded by students who were interested in learning more about social media storytelling!

Spanish, Study Hall, or PE

Some days students may have Spanish class (two times a week in 6th grade, three times a week in 7th and 8th grades) and other days Study Hall or PE. Middle School Spanish focuses on conversational skills and learning about world culture in spanish speaking countries. Many graduates place into Spanish II in high school. Study hall gives students time to complete homework assignments or get help on a tricky problem set. PE class is twice a week.

Science Class

Science explores the differences between reasoning, a claim, and evidence, and teaches students the skills they need to discuss and represent various viewpoints in a scientific issue. Lab experiments and reports encourage students to approach the world with curiosity.

Dismissal at 3:30pm & After School Sports

60% of students participate in after school sports teams, and we compete against other independent schools in flag football, ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball, track, and cross country.

Learn more about transitioning from 5th to 6th grade!

Frequently Asked Questions

Middle School Frequently Asked Questions