Academics

Middle School

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  • LSU Coastal Roots

    Students learn about and establish native plant nurseries on campus that will later be utilized in coastal habitat restoration projects in southern Louisiana.
  • Tablet Program

    Students Grade 6 - Grade 8 use a Tablet in the classroom to complete assignments, conduct research, and collaborate with each other and with their teachers.
  • Outdoor Education Curriculum

    As part of our Outdoor Education curriculum, Grades 6-8 travel to Black Creek, Mississippi, for a three-day, two-night, canoe experience. 

The Middle School Experience

The Middle School is a wonderful bridge between the Lower and Upper Divisions, with faculty and staff who nurture and challenge your child during this unique stage of their development. We encourage students to take academic risks, act with integrity, and provide them with a safe environment in which to explore their individual strengths.

Teachers at Country Day are well-trained to meet the needs of students of varying learning styles and to help them to reach their greatest potential. Our low student-teacher ratio ensures quality communication and individual attention for each student. We take pride in knowing each individual student well, and giving students guidance and encouragement to achieve their personal best.

As a foundation for all their learning experiences, the School’s Honor System maintains a high level of expectations for academic integrity and character. Our belief is that continued intellectual growth and strength of character correlate with lifelong success - that belief is backed by research. Faculty and staff work daily to connect the two inside and outside the classroom.

Country Day students and faculty regularly measure success through the Mission Skills Assessment (MSI), a scientifically based assessment of six character skills: teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity, and time management. Based on these measurements, curriculum, activities, and programs are adjusted to better prepare students for life after Middle School.
 
An understanding of the role technology plays in our interconnected and information-rich world is also essential for children to not only grasp but utilize. Our modern classrooms foster opportunities for students to work independently and cooperatively, as well as across disciplines, to maximize their learning potential. The science laboratories support creative problem solving, and provide the room necessary for innovative curriculum planning. 

Besides these special activities, the majority of Country Day Middle School students also take part in athletics, music, and drama, which allow them to show off their diverse talents outside of the classroom. The combination of academic, athletic, social, and moral education in this beautiful campus setting make the Middle School at Country Day an especially vibrant community in which our students flourish.

Contacts

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  • Photo of Paul Frantz

    Mr. Paul Frantz 

    Middle School Principal
    (504)849-3158
    University of Virginia - Bachelor of Arts
    American International College - Master of Education
  • Photo of Myra Bordelon

    Mrs. Myra Bordelon 

    Metairie Park Country Day School
    Middle School Assistant
    Delgado Community College - Business Associate Degree
  • Photo of Kathleen Brennan

    Ms. Kathleen Brennan 

    Metairie Park Country Day
    MS Assistant Principal and MS English Teacher
    (504) 838-3305
    Loyola University, New Orleans - MBA
    University of Louisiana - Lafayette - BA

Upcoming Events

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  • Jan
    27

    MS ERB Testing

  • Feb
    12

    Mike Miley Book Launch Party

    Join us for a Launch Party and Reception for Upper School English Teacher Mike Miley as we celebrate the publishing of his book Truth and Consequences: Game Shows in Fiction and Film by the University Press of Mississippi. Light refreshments provided, and we will have a brief presentation by the author. All are welcome to join us in Bright Library - please RSVP here

    You can order copies of Mike's book at UPress of Mississippi  & Amazon. We will have a limited number of books available to purchase.
  • Feb
    18

    MS Parent Meeting

    Boardroom
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Middle School News

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  • Reflections in Writing

    Students in Mrs. Philipson's 8th Grade English class were asked to reflect on their time camping in North Carolina through a set of three poems. Two were haikus, each describing an element of nature they encountered on their trip. The third was a free verse poem that talked about an experience on the trip. These works ended up highlighting many elements from the trip - from the bus ride to experiencing a breathtaking view on the hike to being rained on in the middle of the night! The free-verse poem was a chance for students to practice creating using some of the tools they have been studying such as simile, metaphor, anaphora, antithesis, parallel structure, and allusion in their own writing. So how does such an assignment prepare our students for their life beyond 8th grade? According to Mrs. Philipson, "We spend a lot of time in 8th grade working on the analytical writing that will be the touchstone of literature courses through high school and college, and we really need to take time to stretch our creative writing muscle occasionally! In addition to analyzing how and why authors use specific tools in their work, we need to practice creating them so that we can use them in our own work."
     
  • Shinwoo Kim named Presidential Scholar

     
    Shinwoo Kim 2019 was recognized as a member of the 55th Class of U.S. Presidential Scholars! Shinwoo is one of 161 students chosen in the United States and 1 of 2 in Louisiana for her broad academic achievements, leadership, personal characteristics, and talents in various fields. Congratulations, Shinwoo! 
  • State of Matter

    As a midterm project, 8th-grade science students are evaluating the usefulness of each state of matter for building a working model of a lift system to raise a model car.  They are also investigating how potential changes in the states affect or impose constraints on their design. Students are considering criteria and constraints as they finalize and test their models.
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300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.

Country Day accepts qualified students without regard to race, color, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national, or ethnic origin.