The Saint George’s Middle School Difference
The middle school program at Saint George’s is designed to give your 6th, 7th, and 8th grade child 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 your child 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.
At the center of our program, our teachers and advisors guide, support, and encourage your child through each step. In 6th grade, your child will find a team of teachers working with them to master the novelties of their own lockers and switching classes each period. Continuing through the 7th and 8th grades, advisors introduce and reinforce organizational and study strategies to develop executive functioning skills for your child to hone throughout their lives.
Middle school is the right time for students to test out their own ideas and learn that challenges and set backs are part of the process of doing great things. Learning to re-evaluate, make a plan, and keep trying is the real goal.
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. Our school counselor is another resource available to help students navigate this journey.
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.
Head of Middle School
Joelle's Latest Letter to Middle School Parents (PS Learning)
Brook Bassett's 8th grade English class learned about graphic literary devices by creating their own non-fiction graphic novel. "The students practiced biographical narrative writing by collecting a true story from family, friends, or personal experience," says Brook. After conducting background research, they wrote a narrative and built a storyboard as a plot guide. "Finally, they used the computer program Pixton to create a graphic interpretation of their heritage story where they demonstrated their ability to identify and apply learned graphic narrative techniques, narrative arcs, and characterization."
The Pixton program provides a blank canvas and the students curated and created all the actions, characters, settings, captions, and all nuances when designing their final project of incredible true stories! Read two of the award-winning stories -- Elsa Goeke's "Around the World in a Daring Lifetime" and Sophia Tehrani's "The Man Himself". Plus click here for Links to All the Graphic Stories written by the 8th graders. They are fascinating!
The 6th graders each created a meme using one of their vocabulary words. Then the students and some MS teachers voted on the best ones; the first memes in this Photo Gallery were some of the top vote getters. Congrats to Hadley Henrickson, Berkley Hestdalen, Maya Rizvi, Thatcher Canady and Vihaan Rajeev.
Middle School students chose a word they would like to achieve or become in 2021. Then they wrote them in Spanish or Chinese and decorated these drawings on the Middle School entrance hallway wall. See a Photo Gallery of their colorful good words.
Helping students to develop a growth mindset is woven throughout the MS program. YOU will achieve your goals when you continually put forth your best effort towards them.
HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL