Middle School

The Saint George’s Middle School Difference

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he middle school program at Saint George’s is designed to give 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students the encouragement and support to develop themselves as scholars, athletes, and artists.

Our major goals are to build a foundation of skills, knowledge, and principles that foster success in the Upper School and beyond. Our program is a natural progression from the “Habits of Success” cultivated in the SGS Lower School.

While our accelerated math curriculum, developed in-house and unique to SGS, may be the most widely recognized, it is but one facet of a multi-layered program focusing on inquiry, problem solving, reflection, and integration. In short, we aspire for our students to be able to think and communicate ethically and effectively.

The structure of each grade level is designed to provide a natural and developmentally appropriate transition from the Lower School to the Middle School, and from the Middle School to the Upper School.

 

Middle School is an important period in a young person’s life. We love this age level and enjoy working with students and their families during this transition from childhood to young adulthood.

      Russell Werkman,
Assistant Head of Secondary Education
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At the center of our program, our advisors coach, guide, support, and encourage students through each step. In 6th grade, students find a team of teachers working with them to master the novelties of their own lockers and switching classes each period. Advisors introduce and reinforce organizational and study strategies to develop executive functioning skills for students to hone throughout their lives.

7th and 8th grades, advisors meet with students weekly to review previous work and reinforce study strategies. Relationships with advisors and teachers are the bedrock of the middle school experience.

Building healthy relationships with peers and adults is an important part of the journey of middle school. Our experienced teachers help students traverse the often rocky terrain of pre-adolescence. When necessary, our school counselor is available to reel in a student who has strayed from the path.

The middle school's challenging academic program lays a foundation for success in our International Baccalaureate program in 11th and 12th grades. The SGS middle school help students experience the excitement of discovery and the joy of service and leadership.

All of this is grounded in our Core Values of honesty, respect, generosity of spirit, and best efforts.

We would welcome the opportunity to work with you and your child at Saint George's Middle School.

Russell Werkman
Assistant Head of School for Secondary Education