The Middle School years are like no other. Young people experience more growth and change, physically, mentally, and emotionally, during these three years than at any other time since the first year of life. To help them navigate these changes, we have created an environment that supports and challenges each child’s desire to explore, to set and achieve goals, and to navigate these exciting formative years. At the conclusion of Eighth Grade, we want each student to have a positive predisposition toward learning, the skills to thrive academically, and the social and emotional skills to navigate an increasingly complex social world.
Our academic, arts, athletic, and advisory curricula are designed to help students develop the necessary skills for future success. Some days, students of this age need additional support; in the next moment, the same young person needs to be pushed just a little bit more than she thinks she is ready for. Because our classes are small, and our teachers work closely together, we are able to know each child well as an individual and learner and help each find success.
CA Middle School is an environment that encourages risk taking and discovery. How would you know if you love acting, tennis, biology, field hockey, videography, geometry, modern dance, poetry, or any of the myriad academic, arts, and athletic opportunities we offer unless you first give it a try? Having the chance and encouragement to try something new—to learn to rock climb on a weeklong Interim trip or to develop empathy as a leader of our philanthropy board—allows students to explore who they are in a safe and nurturing environment, guided by experienced, thoughtful teachers. Our Middle School is a smorgasbord of opportunity, limited only by a child’s desire to jump in and try something new.