Middle School is a wonderful bridge between the Lower and Upper Divisions, with faculty and staff who nurture and challenge students 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.
Our teachers 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.