Middle School Academics

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The Middle School offers small classes in which teachers seek to engage students, with the goal of cultivating curiosity, creativity, confidence, and critical thinking.

The R-MA Middle School helps students rise academically through classes that are both engaging and challenging, with teachers that are supportive and available. The goal is to have students develop the skills that allow them to think critically, creatively, and often times collaboratively in the classroom. Teachers are the facilitators in a room that is led by student questions and discussions.

Your Class Day

The Middle School day and boarding students follow a schedule that is very similar to the Upper School's.  There is typically one class day that has seven periods of 45 minutes each.  Each week also has four block days when the classes are 80 minutes each; the periods for these block days are subject to the class rotation of the week (example: Schedule 1 is 1, 2, 3, then 4 on the first block day, and 5, 6, then 7 on the second block day; Schedule 2 is 2, 3, 4, then 5 on the first block day, and 6, 7, then 1 on the second; there are seven schedules in the rotation).  

The Middle School has a well-rounded selection of core courses and electives, and its close proximity to the Upper School allows for flexibility and versatility in both academics and athletics.  Advanced Middle School students may take high school level courses at the Upper School, such as algebra, geometry, band, chorus and upper level foreign languages.  All middle school students take a double section of English, which includes grammar and composition and literature, to encourage strong written and verbal skills.

We Are Here to Help

Monday through Friday, a 30- to 35-minute tutorial session is scheduled for everyone.  All middle school students are required to attend tutorial, which is in their mentor's classroom. Students may use this time to complete homework, study, or visit other classroom teachers for additional instruction that they may need on an assignment. 

The Study Improvement Plan, or SIP, runs concurrently with intramurals and sports through 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, providing an incentive for students to keep up their grades. On Fridays, SIP runs from 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm. A student is recommended for SIP based on grades or at the request of parents or the principal. Students who are not involved in SIP will participate in athletics or an intramural activity.