Advisory & Electives

Advisory

Middle Schoolers meet daily in grade-level advisory groupings of 12-13 students (three advisories per grade). Forging connections with a new advisor annually helps develop student capacity to learn and get along with different types of teachers—a skill that benefits them in high school. Advisory takes place after lunch and helps students transition with focus into afternoon classes.

A student’s advisor is the first person that Middle School students and their families go to for support. Advisors coach students through emotional ups and downs, help with organization and homework management strategies, and take lead in teaching shared grade-level SEL curriculum to support how middle schoolers navigate their changing social and emotional landscapes.

Advisory is where major current events are first discussed, and advisors facilitate the Middle School Service Learning program. The emphasis in advisory is on helping students become better self-advocates, upstanders within their personal and global communities, and supporting their evolving sense of self.

Electives

Electives are a highly anticipated part of the weekly Middle School schedule. Classes meet on Wednesday afternoons and are conducted in multi-grade groupings mixing 6th, 7th, and 8th graders together in a variety of different classes. Electives change three times a year, and students have an opportunity to explore a wide variety of subjects.

Recent electives include Music Production, in which students compose and record their own songs and compilations using different tech applications; Applied Math which teaches engineering principles to students who are building the school’s model railroad; “Above Top Secret” exploring mysteries in science; Pickle Ball—a blend of tennis, table tennis, and badminton; Yearbook; Mural Painting, Vocal Ensemble; Advanced Origami; Student Newspaper; Soccer; Innovation Workshop; Photo and Video Journalism; Cooking; Drumming; Band; Kindergarten Helpers, and more!

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