The Middle School at Kew-Forest creates a purposeful arrangement of grades 6-8. These grades occupy a dedicated part of the school and present a carefully designed curriculum specific to the developmental needs of young adolescent students. As boys and girls transition into Middle School, they begin to clarify their talents and interests, develop essential study skills, and take on increased responsibility as members of the school community. At this age social and emotional skills such as self-awareness and conflict resolution are important for students to master as well.
The Middle School builds on our Lower School’s effective integration of core academic subjects with music, art and physical education, actively preparing young adolescents for the challenges that will arise when they move to the Upper School. In addition to a strong academic focus, the culture of the Middle School emphasizes health, well-being, and the confidence that each student will strive to reach his or her maximum potential.
The Middle School curriculum, guided by professionals experienced in teaching adolescents, empowers students to appreciate a range of perspectives in order to deepen their understanding of the rich diversity of our world and the global society. Students progress in a program that is designed to offer opportunities and challenges at each grade level, and in classrooms established to be effective and dynamic learning environments. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills to reinforce the importance of study, research and discipline. Course study includes English and literature, science and mathematics, history and the study of modern and classical languages.
A co-curricular program that includes community service and cooperative learning through activities, interscholastic and competitive athletics, scheduled assemblies and advisory meetings complements the core curriculum. With individual guidance and encouragement from their teachers and advisors, students become more independent in their learning and more critical in their thinking.